McCall says that the state only needs to officially approve the shift of funds, similar to how they bailed out common education, last year. The only Option Speaker McCall seems not be contemplating, is sending revenue raising questions to a vote of the people of the state. Yet that is the route that the Oklahoma constitution spells out for orderly planning of fiscal options which increase the burden of govt. on the people of the state.
Legislators like McCall and his colleagues need to respect the electorate in revenue-raising matters. Otherwise he will reap the whirlwind. Call for the ballot questions now, and move on to the weightier matter of identifying the obvious fat to be trimmed. Especially the welfare given to the rich through the nearly $1 billion to higher education 'sacred cows'. A means-tested PAL grant matching plan would target the needier families and let the millionaire families pay the market prices for higher ed. tuition. But no one has made the case that it is the duty of the poor consumer to pay for someone else's college education... or even a small part of it.
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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...