State Auditor, Gary Jones, went on the record, today. He plainly said that the many Revenue bills passed in the last week of the 2017 legislature are clearly unconstitutional on many points. Dem. Scott Inman, Lib. Rex Lawhorn, and Rep. Gary Richardson are also calling for the revenue bills to be struck down.
The bills did not;
Jones is known for his strong words, critiquing the legislature and other state govt. leaders. He was in his classic form on the Pat Campbell Radio Show, this morning. Jones did not directly endorse the Richardson lawsuits, but agreed with the heart of his argument.
What may become difficult for Jones is the idea he's presenting, to raise petroleum taxes to 5% on the gross production, in addition to the income taxes that producers already pay. This is the same 5% that Democrat leaders, like Scott Inman is insisting upon.
At any rate, the result of this court case will likely be a special session of the legislature, whereby Gov. Fallin will insist on the legislature passing massive new taxes on a 75% majority. That is only likely if the Democrats support Republican ideas. Until the legislature finds a way to confiscate more wealth from the people, there will need to be a massive cutback in agency funding.
If a massive cutback is ordered, it is unclear if the State Regents of Higher Education will be coerced to give back nearly $1 billion dollars that the budget alloted them.
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