Mary Fallin

Gov. Mary Fallin addresses the media at the state capitol on April 13, 2016.
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Gov. Mary Fallin outlined a draft plan Wednesday to help plug the state’s projected $1.3 billion dollars budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year and avoid major cuts to education, health, mental health, corrections and other services.

Fallin would bond $450 million of transportation projects to free up that money for other purposes.  She also proposed nearly $238.9 million in new revenue through tax reform measures, such as eliminating certain sales tax exemptions and getting rid of the state’s personal income tax double deduction.

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the House chamber to deliver her "State of the State" address on Feb. 1. Political observers say she will need to work intensely behind the scenes to succeed in pushing through the revenue-raising measures she proposed.
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Gov. Mary Fallin to Oklahoma lawmakers: We need hundreds of millions of dollars, fast. Here are my ideas. What have you got?

That’s not exactly how Fallin put it in her State of the State address to the Legislature on Feb. 1. But it’s the essence of what she said, according to several officials and analysts asked to assess the governor’s response to Oklahoma’s fiscal crisis.

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2016 State of the State address before Monday's joint session of the Oklahoma House and Senate.
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Gov. Mary Fallin proposed bold changes to Oklahoma's budget, the criminal justice system, and said she wants lawmakers to get behind a $3,000 pay raise for teachers during her 2016 State of the State address.

The $900 million-and-counting budget shortfall lawmakers will have to deal with hangs over everything this session, but Fallin remained optimistic even as she cited a two-year, 70 percent drop in oil prices that's affected state revenue.

"We can do it," the governor repeated.

word cloud of Governor Mary Fallin's 2016 state of the state address
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Below is Gov. Mary Fallin's 2016 State of the State address, as prepared for delivery.

Lieutenant Governor Lamb, statewide elected officials, Speaker Hickman, President Pro Tem Bingman, members of the court, honorable senators and representatives, Cabinet members, tribal leaders, distinguished guests, and citizens of Oklahoma:

It is my duty as well as my great honor to be here today to discuss the state of our state.

Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Mark Hammons during a Thursday press conference.
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The Oklahoma Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Gov. Mary Fallin over three separate issues.

The complaint alleges the governor used private and public funds to cover an undisclosed expenses for a Paris trip with her spouse, Wade Christensen. In addition, it alleges the governor’s daughter received personal gain when she moved her trailer home onto the governor’s mansion property.

“This is the use of taxpayer property,” party chairman Mark Hammons said. “The mansion doesn’t belong to Gov. Fallin. It belongs to the people of this state.”

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City in May.
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A report in The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday raised questions about whether Gov. Mary Fallin and then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry improperly colluded in 2013 to pressure the Oklahoma Board of Medical Examiners to drop an investigation into a spinal surgeon accused of bungling operations.

Oklahoma Democrats are now asking for an investigation since Perry had political ties to Dr. Steven Anagnost.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry wasn't happy when Oklahoma authorities wanted to revoke the medical license of a surgeon who was accused of botching operations that left patients paralyzed, in perpetual pain - or dead. So he made a phone call.

Gov. Mary Fallin and other state leaders observe a PowerPoint presentation of revenue projections.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin told state agency directors Monday to prepare for 10 percent cuts through the next fiscal year.

Fallin issued an executive order saying that by Dec. 1, agency heads should provide cabinet secretaries written documentation of a 10 percent cut in non-mission-critical agency expenses. The plan also must detail how the money saved will be reallocated to fill other needs.

The University of Texas marching band performs before the 2010 OU-Texas matchup in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
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No matter what happens on the gridiron, someone’s getting barbecue. And it’s for a good cause.

Gov. Mary Fallin made her traditional friendly wager with her counterpart south of the Red River over the outcome of Saturday’s annual football matchup in Dallas between the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Texas at Austin.

“I felt a little bad about accepting this bet because UT doesn’t stand a chance,” Fallin said in a statement. “The Sooners are going to bring home a win.”

Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET.

Corrections officials in Oklahoma used the wrong drug to execute Charles Warner back in January.

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