A Simple Plan To Empower the Voters
Legal sources say that the legislature can currently tap the $300+million in recurring royalties & Lease income generated from the $2.4 billion School Land Trust (SLT). It is time to do that, this week.
This will allow a simple 50%+1 of the people to fix the 2019 fiscal budget. Teachers will begin getting proper compensation next August. Mental Health care will be funded so that county jails quit being the dumping grounds for psychotic Oklahomans. Prison funding relief will gradually accrue. All of this will happen without suppressing our economy by more repressive taxation.
Ask the voters to approve a 1-time dip into the TSET and/or SLT for the massive backlog in External Performance Audits of the 8 biggest agencies. which must be done before agencies get any needed funding increases.
Republican leaders MUST change the political landscape before the end of June, or they face an uphill battle going into the November general election.
In November, the Democrats will have a measure on the ballot for raising Gross Production Taxes (GPT) on petroleum to a full 7%. given the current voter frustration, that state question will pass. Not because the voters are hostile toward the oil industry, but because the needs of the people are so desperate for proper funding.
I just presented 4 simple bills which the Speaker could write & bring to the floor next week. There are a vast number of other excellent ideas from both Democrat and Republican back-benchers. If the leadership won't start connecting with the back row of the chambers, the back row may rise up to reconsider who owns the gavel. Osborn declared war on 47 House members. McCall let her words stand. Those 47 could quickly become 57 or 67. But when it reaches 50, the Speaker is in the minority.
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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...