Senate Pro Tem focuses on grocery tax cut after inflation report

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat says he is doubling down on Oklahoma’s grocery tax cut.

According to Pro Tem Treat, he is calling attention to the report released on Tuesday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics highlighting that food prices went up almost 4% over 2023.

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“This new report further highlights Oklahomans need help feeding their families,” Pro Tem Treat said.

Officials say his Senate Bill 1283 focuses on eliminating the state portion of the grocery sales tax. Estimates show that removing the tax would save average Oklahomans 5.5 times more than a 0.25% income tax cut.

“With the average Oklahoman spending nearly $300 per trip to the grocery store and prices continuing to rise, we need to do what we can to help Oklahomans now. Cutting the state portion of the grocery tax makes sense and will provide relief to all Oklahomans. The governor has already publicly committed to signing a grocery tax cut bill. I am hoping my colleagues will come together on this plan and we can pass it, get it signed and get Oklahomans immediate relief every time they buy groceries for their families,” Pro Tem Treat added.

Governor Kevin Stitt responded in favor of Treat’s efforts to give Oklahomans grocery tax relief.

“I applaud Pro Tem Treat for working to give Oklahomans relief on grocery taxes. The Senate has the grocery bill sitting in their chamber and can be voted on today to provide immediate inflation relief. They also have a tax cut available that would put more money in the pockets of Oklahomans this year.” As I said in my State of the State, I will sign any tax cut that comes to my desk. I stand by that promise and I will sign it immediately.”

Governor Kevin Stitt

SB 1283 is in the Senate Rules Committee. A date to hear the bill has not been set.

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