Curtis Bold & Andrew Lopez
KennyBob Tapp, a rancher from the western panhandle posted the resolution, immediately upon it's passage, with redactions of statements which evidently were removed by the amendment process. His county GOP organization expects full transparency and he kept faith with those who trust him as their representative.
Tapp further posted to his own blog. In that post he also commends the Democrat legislators who remained in solidarity against these tax increases.
If his document is authentic, then the resolution says;
Resolution Commending the Republican Minority Vote on HB1054x
WHEREAS, Filling the budget shortfalls without first auditing agencies' performance and financial conditions covers up mismanagement and/or corruption, and avoids making the hard decisions on cutting inefficiencies that lead to cost savings;
WHEREAS, The prime example is the recently uncovered mismanagement and/or fraud at the Department of Health which would not have become known if this tax plan had already passed the House earlier in session;
WHEREAS, The Oklahoma legislature should not increase tax burdens on Oklahomans while this lack of transparency in spending continues to exist in an undetermined number of the 120 state agencies;
WHEREAS, The Republican Party Platform is very clear that; "Revenues collected at all levels of government should be used only for well-defined, legitimate government functions, and should be carried out efficiently so that tax rates may be kept as low and possible;
RESOLVED, The Oklahoma Republican Party State Committee hereby commends the fortitude of the 22 Republican Representatives;
who have put principle over politics, and held the line to not increase taxes again without a complete audit of all agencies and;
RESOLVED, The Oklahoma Republican Party State Committee encourages all legislators to proceed now with the leadership and courage to be accountable first to the people of Oklahoma, knowing it is our tax dollars they are spending.
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