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Owasso senator wants to reimburse taxpayers

Owasso senator wants to reimburse taxpayers

This article first appeared in the Journal Record


April 9, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Owasso Republican mulling a run for governor said Wednesday he wants to reimburse Oklahoma taxpayers up to $2.6 billion in federal stimulus money that Oklahoma is scheduled to receive.

State Sen. Randy Brogdon said he plans to introduce legislation calling for tax rebates.

Under his plan, the amount of any federal stimulus money spent in Oklahoma would be returned to state taxpayers through sales tax rebates, beginning with $400 per person. He says his plan could amount to an income tax rebate of up to 40 percent for the average Oklahoma taxpayer.

Brogdon previously has called on Oklahoma leaders to return all of the federal stimulus money to President Obama and Congress, saying it threatens the country’s long-term financial health.

“Governor Henry has chosen to listen to President Obama and the Washington insiders on how Oklahoma’s tax dollars should be spent,” Brogdon said. “I choose to let the people of Oklahoma decide for themselves how to spend their money.

“The plan is simple. For every dollar of President Obama’s stimulus program that Governor Henry decides to spend, I will introduce legislation that rebates the same amount back to the people of Oklahoma.”

Henry spokesman Paul Sund said Henry has maintained a consistent position on the stimulus package and that because it is partly financed by Oklahoma tax dollars sent to Washington, the state should bring that money back to Oklahoma to benefit its economy.

“It would be shortsighted to allow Oklahoma tax dollars to be spent in other states improving their roads and bridges, for example, but that is exactly what Senator Brogdon had advocated in recent weeks,” Sund said. “Because Senator Brogdon is running for governor and seeking as much free publicity as he can get, I suspect he will continue to crank out news releases offering all kinds of ideas on all kinds of subjects to draw attention to his campaign.”

Brogdon, a former mayor of Owasso, has not officially declared his candidacy, but he has formed a committee to raise money for a possible run at the governor’s office in 2010.

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