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Lamb Leaves Fallin Cabinet Over Tax Hikes

The Republican will stay on as lieutenant governor.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 17, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R), a pos­sible can­did­ate for gov­ernor in 2018, an­nounced Thursday he is resign­ing from Gov. Mary Fal­l­in’s cab­in­et in protest against her plan to rais­ing taxes to bal­ance the budget.

Lamb: “Gov­ernor Fal­l­in de­serves to have someone in her cab­in­et who can be a strong ad­voc­ate for her agenda, and that is something I am un­will­ing to do. While I re­spect the de­term­in­a­tion with which Gov­ernor Fal­l­in met her ob­lig­a­tion to present a bal­anced budget to the le­gis­lature, I can­not sup­port her pro­posed tax in­creases.” (re­lease)

Fal­l­in: “I was dis­ap­poin­ted and sur­prised to learn from a press re­lease that Lt. Gov. Lamb had de­cided to quit serving as a mem­ber of my Cab­in­et. I have al­ways val­ued Todd’s in­de­pend­ent voice.” (re­lease)

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