There were 145 lawmakers wrangling with the pressure of the last week of regular session, last month. Budget committees tried to force massive new taxes and the governor added her pressure to the mix.
Along with the minority party exercising their leverage for an oil production tax, there were 24 solidly conservative lawmakers pushing back against a clear violation of the Republican party tenants of limiting government, rather than confiscating the peoples' wealth.
Leadership was not willing to give up the perks and swag of their privilege. Their well-connected friends and former colleagues at the regents for Higher Education wanted to keep the $800 million pipeline of unaccountable money for pretty campus buildings.
The Platform Caucus and associates in both houses were able to make their principled convictions clearly known by voting 'no' on the biggest offenders of the constitutional rules for revenue bills.
Sooner Politics salutes these men and encourages their constituents to make a statement of solidarity, while we await the next step in this protracted process of defending Oklahoma's constitution.
Even the liberal media can't discredit the Kennedy success of cutting tax rates in order to collect more revenue. Here's an article from Marilyn Geewax, which appeared on the NPR website:
Today is the next-to-last day of this year's legislative session. This week, I've been wearing a red tie to symbolize my continued opposition to raising taxes on Oklahoma workers and businesses, my objection to unconstitutionally raising taxes in the final week of session, my intent to uphold the wishes of Oklahoma voters, who just six months ago overwhelmingly rejected higher taxes, and to express my support of the Republican platform principles of limited government and lower taxes.
We can and must do better. - Rep. George Faught