“Sec. Doerflinger’s statement merely points out that most cost-saving reforms do not increase revenue. He compares ‘OCPA Claimed Savings’ to 'FY 18 Revenue' for OCPA’s most recent 13 recommendations and finds that most items do not produce more revenue. Of course, that was OCPA’s point: serious people involved in the budget process will start out looking for ways to reduce costs rather than jumping immediately to impose higher tax burdens on working Oklahoma families."
“In fact, Doerflinger’s statement shows that he has only minor quibbles with OCPA’s numbers—but then, he has access to more up-to-date data than the public does. His real objection seems to be that OCPA does not recommend higher taxes in order to increase revenue for government. Here, Sec. Doerflinger is absolutely right."
“OCPA always takes the position that cost-saving reforms are preferable to tax hikes. The OCPA list is about finding ways to cut spending, what some politicians used to call ‘right-sizing government.' Sec. Doerflinger’s objection that OCPA recommends cost-saving reforms rather than tax hikes is a compliment we gladly accept.”
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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...