In the wee hours of Friday morning, the Oklahoma House stayed up late to abolish a tax policy which former governor Frank Keating fought hard for. The Earned Income Credit has been a way of helping the lower income parents to transition off of government assistance and back to self reliance. But to get the Earned Income Credit, a parent has to hold down a taxpaying job.
But on this day's docket (which spilled over past midnight), The oil producers' lobbyists twisted enough arms at the capitol to get several million in state credits restored to the petroleum industry. And on the same day's agenda, this same body singled out all the lower income parents, to take away a refundable earned income credit averaging around $230 per household, annually.
SB1604 is a targeted bill which takes money back only from poor working families. These Republicans took away a tax break that Gov. Frank Keating fought hard for.
An odd coalition of Tea Party Republicans and the Democratic Caucus teamed up to try to kill this bill.
The working lower income parents just got a few hundred dollars taken from them by the Republicans in the legislature, so the Teacher Union will not pick on the politicians as hard, in the upcoming elections.
Teachers may get a pay raise, but the students' families may not survive economically. So much for bridging the transition off of govt. assistance!
The House Democrats will surely exploit this decision as a campaign issue, but they are the chief proponents for giving massive pay raises to public school teachers. And the state just simply can't do both.
The final vote tally for the bill was 51, in the 101 member House.
The Tea Party Caucus in the Capitol seems to be just a few dozen strong, at best.
THIRD READING PASSED
YEAS: 51 RCS# 1658
NAYS: 45 5/20/2016
EXC : 5 12:23 AM
C/P : 0
Banz Dunlap McDaniel, R. Roberts, D.
Bennett Echols Moore Roberts, S.
Biggs Faught Mulready Rogers
Billy Grau Murdock Russ
Caldwell Hardin Nelson Sears
Casey Johnson Newell Thomsen
Cleveland Joyner O'Donnell Vaughan
Coody, A. Kannady Ortega Wallace
Coody, J. Leewright Osborn Watson
Cooksey Lepak Ownbey Wood
Cox Martin Park Wright
Denney McBride Peterson Mr. Speaker
Derby McCullough Pfeiffer
Brown Henke Montgomery Sherrer
Brumbaugh Hoskin Munson Stone
Calvey Inman Murphey Strohm
Cannaday Jordan Nollan Tadlock
Cockroft Kern Perryman Virgin
Condit Kirby Proctor Walker
Dunnington Kouplen Pruett Wesselhoft
Fisher Lockhart Renegar Williams
Fourkiller Loring Ritze Young
Goodwin McCall Rousselot
Griffith McDaniel, J. Sanders
Hall McPeak Shelton
Christian Morrissette Shoemake