Oklahoma Democrats to join forces in state Legislature

February 5, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats in the Oklahoma House and Senate are joining forces to push an agenda that includes expanding Medicaid, putting more money into public school classrooms and restoring a tax break for low-income Oklahomans.

House Minority Leader Emily Virgin and Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd jointly announced their plan on Tuesday, complete with a logo and a slogan of “Brand New State.” Both women are new to their leadership posts, and the unified agenda is a departure from how the minority caucuses have worked in the past.

Republicans enjoy a 77-24 advantage in the House and a 39-9 edge in the Senate.

Democrats want to restore the state earned income tax credit, which is designed to keep low-income families out of poverty but was eliminated in 2016 during a budget shortfall.

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