Around the South for Feb. 7: OK, KY & AR

Oklahoma: Fallin SOTS calls for tax hikes. Instead of using her last State of the State address to list her accomplishments, Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the state’s first female governor, called on lawmakers to increase taxes on cigarettes, gasoline and petroleum production in order to increase teacher pay by $5,000 a year and to stabilize the state budget, reports the Tulsa World. Dubbing her legislative package “Step Up Oklahoma,” Fallin pointed out that a group of business and civic leaders “has endorsed both reforms and revenues.” ……. Kentucky: Paul tells it like it is. US Sen. Rand Paul (R) tweeted Tuesday morning, “Today I’m holding a hearing entitled: The ‘Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Ways of Funding Government.’ … It’s high time someone says – enough is enough – and fixes our terrible, no good, very bad budgetary process.” ……. Arkansas: Cotton eyes ayatollahs’ wealth. US Sen. Tom Cotton (R) has introduced the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act to “require the Secretary of the Treasury to report on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures,” reports Arkansas Online. Cotton believes in making transparent the wealth accumulated by Iran’s leaders. The bill is co-sponsored by USSen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) …….