When the legislature borrows extra play money, and wants to play 'Sim City'
The Oklahoma legislature has a legacy of wavering between socialism & fascism. Both of which have a junkyard of failures. We have pictures to prove it.
When US Senator Bob Kerr prevailed upon the federal budget, to fund a massive network of flood-prevention reservoirs which became our most popular lakes, the State legislature decided to go full 'Sim City' in the early 1960s. Not only were our state parks expanded (back then camping was still a very popular byproduct of the still emerging automobile age).
No, the state felt compelled to really get into the lodging, convention, and hospitality industry. For decades, the state has poured millions in tax dollars into a massive network of lodges and resorts which were pitched to the legislature not only as a startup which would "pay for itself.. but yea, would make money to help fund core govt. services!"
Where Oklahoma Democrats loved economic socialism, today's Republicans love economic fascism.