"I will not be supporting the Governor's plan to raise taxes on working and middle class families. The middle class and working poor pay a disproportionate amount of tax compared to the most wealthy corporations in our state.
Want to raise revenue? I'm for your deal Governor. Eliminate the insane tax cut trigger, tax oil companies as much as we tax teachers, mechanics and janitors and repeal tax credits that are icing on top of icing.
We do not have another budget shortfall because the poor don't pay taxes on haircuts or because a single mom working two jobs doesn't pay an extra $1.50 in taxes to wash her car. Give me a break.
If the Governor wants to balance the budget on the backs of workers and make it even harder for the average Oklahoman to reach the American Dream, she will do so without my vote."
This isn't a hollow claim from Proctor. He scored a 66 on the Conservative Index, last session. Some of his Republican colleagues scored in the 20s.
Last year he convinced his Democrat collegues to vote as a block, to fight tax increases which specifically hit working poor families.
Even when Governor Fallin was reduced to begging on the house floor, Proctor and his Democrat colleagues politely dismissed her appeals.
Had it not been for Proctor's leadership, some massive tax increases would have become law.