Two arrested, police continue robbery probe
Two men have been arrested and Cushing Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred Saturday in the 1,000 block of South Little Avenue.
At about 3:36 p.m. Saturday, Cushing Police Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at a residence. The report was that the suspects had fled the scene.
Sgt. Carson Watts lead the investigation along with MPO Christopher Haywood, Officer Michael Bruggman and Officer Jeff Graves.
The Payne County Sheriff’s Department located and arrested Daniel Dean Looney, 39, of Sand Springs; and Christopher Michael Romine, 36, homeless.
Cushing officers provided law enforcement agencies information about the possible suspect vehicle description.
Officers arrived at the scene and spoke with two female victims at the residence. The victims told officers that they were waked by three unknown males that entered the residence. The victims said one male suspect was armed.
The suspects stole various items from the residence and fled the scene.
A Payne County Deputy located a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle led the deputy on a short pursuit and left the roadway in the area of Union Road and State $45 million in cash refunds. An effort to end those subsidies was rejected by lawmakers.
“We’re paying businesses that are making negative profits,” said University of Oklahoma economics professor Cynthia Rogers, who was recently appointed to serve on a newly created state Incentive Evaluation Commission.
“They have a negative, and we’re offsetting it,” Rogers said. “You could argue that if we don’t want to give refunds, we shouldn’t give them anywhere.”
What lawmakers did
Both the House and Senate voted last week to eliminate what is called the “refundable” portion of Oklahoma’s earned income credit, which provides income tax relief to lower-income people who work and have dependent children.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill into law on Friday.
The refundable portion of the credit is paid to families with little or no state income tax liability. That means the families receive a cash payment despite the fact that they may owe no income tax. One of the purposes of the credit is to partially offset what low-income families pay in other state taxes, including the sales tax.
The decision to repeal the refundable share will end cash refunds averaging $147 a year for about 200,000 households across the state. It will save the state an estimated $29 million, which will be used to reduce spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
Several lawmakers who voted to scale back the earned income credit said it made no sense to them for the state to pay refunds to taxpayers who owed no taxes.