Why are Republican leaders more willing to accommodate the Democrats, than the Platform Caucus?
The Oklahoma House leadership is trying to strike a deal with those who want to throw them out of office. The Democrats are holding out for a better mix of "rich taxes" to go with the "poor taxes". Big Oil is a target of the Democrat party. Smokers and commuters are a target of the Republican leadership.
But whatever happened to The Great Compromise Jon Echols spoke of just 2 weeks ago? He said then;
"It's becoming clear that those who want Cuts are going to have to accept some revenue;
and those who want revenue are going to have to accept some cuts.".
The 17 Republicans who voted against the Fallin package on Wednesday, wants wasteful and frivolous programs cut FIRST, then revenues to be considered. But McCall and his allies have refused to go there. It seems McCall wants to be in agreement with the Democrats.... even more than he wants to unify his own Republican caucus.
A Case in point
Several are calling for a means test to higher ed. assistance, rather than a massive annual infusion to higher ed. (nearly a billion dollars annually for most of the last 6 years). The infusion aloows the wealthy to get a 'half price' university education. Higher Ed. needs to be replaced with a PAL grant matching plan where FAFSA scores help determine family need, and the money follows the student who applies that grant to the cost of market-driven tuition costs.