The Oklahoma House leaders have tipped their hand and provided a detailed plan to 'get in & get out', this week. They plan to raise taxes on oil without meeting the 75% threshold stipulated in the Oklahoma constitution.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court decided that a revenue-raising measure like this is, in fact; not a revenue-raising bill. They rationalize that the legislature is actually fixing an unintended loophole, like they did when an auto registration bill allowed our car dealers to register cars in another state and then re-register the same new car as a used car when transferring the vehicle back into Oklahoma, as a used car. When that bill's language corrected the unintended loop hole, it effectively raised revenue, but the court said it was merely closing a carve-out special deal to a favored few.
Well, that act is now being used to close some VERY INTENDED exemptions for vast and broad tax policies. When the state established an excise tax on motor vehicle fuels, they stipulated that it was in the place of a sales tax. Now the corrupted policy allows the legislature to remove the exemptions from sales tax and create an effective double taxation... all the while claiming that it's not a revenue-raising bill.
There can be no mistaking that the bill being pushed this week, is for no other reason than to raise emergency revenue to keep the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority solvent until the 2018 regular session convenes in early February.
Those who vote for this revenue bill are blatantly 'thumbing their nose' at their own oath of office and signalling their willingness to do so, again & again, until they are removed from office.
You can stay abreast of the legislative actions today and this week, by following the schedule posted below.