Two Supreme Court Scenarios:
1. If a court battle is joined in the next few weeks, it could be granted a 'stay' of the new revenue hikes via injunction of the high court. If the ruling results in any of the revenue measures being thrown out, the state will have a financial emergency. There will still be money to operate, but only at a scaled back level of operations. there would be an immediate special session, but the Republican leadership will be weakened and perhaps face a 'no confidence' vote from within. The Governor could dictate that the session focus on properly raising revenue, or perhaps rewriting a budget, or a combination of both?
2. If a court battle is not fought, or if the revenue measures stand, there will be a revolt such as never seen in recent Oklahoma history. It would mean that our Constitutional language is disregarded by our justices. A populist uprising could go in any direction from there.
The consequences of losing this constitutional battle are more dire than any result of any single session of the legislature. It would be a tyranny we may not soon recover from. The voters would 'throw out the rascals' and may give the House back to Democrat hands. It's also plausible that the Libertarian Party would sustain a windfall of electoral advancement.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...