The only case history we can cite on this issue is from last year. But in that case the judges simply ruled that eliminating a refundable credit (corporate welfare) was not raising revenue, because the effect did not result in a taxpayer owing any taxes. That decision was split 5-4, none the less. It was no different than cutting a welfare spending program.
But this new group of expected cases will be well presented by a vast collection of the left and right. If the filings and briefs are presented within the next ten days, we may see oral arguments within 4 weeks.
By July 1st, there may be a complete scrapping of a whole class of statutes. That would certainly bring panic to the whole of state agencies and lead the governor to call an immediate special session. This will no doubt have a detrimental impact on the popularity of the state's elected officials. It could lead to a political earthquake in the 2018 general elections.
If the legislature believes the pressure was intense this last few weeks, there will be a crucible awaiting them before the July heat wave settles in on Lincoln Blvd., in Oklahoma City.
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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...