A little known and even less utilized constitutional right of Oklahomans is the ability to override a governor. Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite is now securing signatures of registered voters, so that the citizens can hold a vote on the recently-signed largest tax increase in the state's history.
The State Treasurer's economic forecast indicated that the budget anticipates a huge cash reserve of unspent currently collected tax revenue.
OTU will need about 41,000 valid signatures in order to temporarily block the taxes and grant the citizens the right to vote on HB1010xx.
When the completed petition is certified, the massive tax increases are blocked until the veto referendum vote is fully dealt with.
The Pay Raise for govt. employees.
Even with an ultimate veto, the legislature will have sufficient funds available for granting pay raise money for teachers or other bureaucrats that the legislature chooses.
OTU leaders plan a press statement for next week, and will publish a list of events where they will have teams gathering signatures. There will also be a list of permanent locations (retailers, etc.) where voters can sign petitions.
The required petition signatures will need to be presented to the Secretary of State by July 18th, in order to move ahead with a statewide vote on the massive tax es.
OTU sent out the press release on May 1st..
VETO REFERENDUM PETITION FILING WITH SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICE
The passage of House Bill 1010XX in March was the largest tax hike in our state history. Taxes were raised without any fiscally responsible requests for audits and ultimate reforms. People are rightfully angry with a system that keeps coming back to the people making monetary demands through taxation rather than cleaning up the obvious fraud or mismanagement (or theft) in far too many state agencies.
Each month there is a new scandal revealed with several millions (or hundreds of millions) of dollars missing. Last week, $230 Million missing from Oklahoma Department of Transportation was revealed. The taxpayers are fed up.
Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! has been in contact with legislative leadership and has requested reforms and supported several well-meaning bills, only to be thrown out and not heard by this legislature. Thankfully the Oklahoma State Constitution allows for the people of Oklahoma to have the ultimate power through their vote at the ballot box through a Veto Referendum. Let those who pay, have a say!
Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! has responded to the cry of the taxpayer. Oklahomans are concerned and dismayed at the handling of our finances for many years and are filing a veto referendum petition for circulation to allow the citizens of Oklahoma the opportunity to vote on the repeal of HB1010XX. This veto, if successful, will force the legislature to do the work of the needed deep dives, investigations and discovery regarding Oklahoma taxpayers’ money.
Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! starts collecting the necessary signatures today to have HB1010XX placed on the ballot for a vote of the people.
You can find out how to sign the petition at www.oklahomataxpayersunite.com.
Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! is an all grassroots force and we welcome your participation. To join our effort, please fill out the volunteer form on our website and also subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates.
To donate to our effort, there is a secure donate button on our website, thank you for anything you can help with!