Inflation relief should come from states, not Congress, says Stitt – FOX23 News

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The people of Oklahoma are hungry for relief, with the cost of everything rising.

Federal lawmakers say a bill making its way through Congress could be the answer. But Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt argues the bill should be passed at the state level.

“Since everything costs more, why would we increase inflation, why would we increase taxes on the middle class, why would we spend billions and billions on new spending, increasing the debt,” Stitt said, criticizing the “Inflation Reduction Act,” which is making its way through Congress.

He said much of what’s in the bill will have to be paid for by the average taxpayer. Proponents of the legislation remain adamant that only top earners and companies will ultimately pay more.

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“We are one of 13 states to tax groceries, which will currently help Oklahoma residents feel some relief from rising food prices,” Stitt said. .

As to why the Legislature is taking so long to respond to Stitt’s call for inflation relief, made months ago, he said. “That’s a great question to ask people in the House and the Senate. The House passed that, the Senate is working on it. I believe we will pass this.

Last I heard, the Senate was dealing with the subject of the fight against inflation. Pro Tem President Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, leads the discussions.

“Pro Tem Treat is a great Oklahoman, very thoughtful, a great leader. I have a great relationship with him, and he’s super deliberate and he tries to find the best solution, so I applaud him for that, so we’re going get together and work something out and we’ll get something through the finishing lines for Oklahomans,” Stitt said.

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