In a unanimous vote of support by the membership, The Tulsa Area Republican Assembly weighed in on the efforts of many other grassroots Republicans, who are rallying to the support of the Canadian County Republican Committee(CCRC).
Last month the Canadian County Republicans issued an open letter to the Oklahoma Legislature. Their letter included a 4-point directive. The substance of the letter is seeking reforms.
The letter from the CCRC made national news when the Washington Post took issue with the audacity of questioning whether public education could be privatized, in the manner that President GH Bush advocated in 1991.
Then president Bush pressed for a "G.I. Bill For Kids", when federal education funds would follow the child, in the same way that the military issues military education benefits to veterans.
The federal PAL grants also follow this same system of funding higher education.
The CCRC also echoed Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb's call for higher efficiency in getting state education funds to the classroom. Lamb calls for a 65% efficiency. CCRC endorsed that point. Currently Oklahoma's aggregate efficiency is 55%, which lags behind the national average of 61%.
The CCRC presses the matter of Property taxes as an immoral means of taxing the same purchased property over and over again, unlike income tax, which is only assessed once. This regressive tax harms the elderly who face confiscation & eviction by the county sheriff, if they cannot continually pay the rising tax assessments from their fixed incomes. This tax also thwarts the American dream of home ownership and contributes to the foreclosures which can topple our banking system, as it did in the 2008 crash.
The CCRC advocated for strong reforms to limit unnecessary licenses on marginal occupations. This is a matter that the 1889 Institute has spent a lot of effort to address. Senator Nathan Dahm has also written legislation to curtail restriction on license mandates, for things like hair braiding or other cottage industries.
Whereas the Canadian Republican County Committee has set forth an initiative with our state legislators to bring sensible fiscal reform, liberty for the people, and a call to constitutional responsibilities,
We, the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly, do hereby affirm our agreement in principle and support for the Canadian County GOP; and sign our corporate agreement to the letter they have published this last Nov. 26th, to the Oklahoma State Legislature.
Passed _unanimously on 12/11/2018__
David Van Risseghem - President
Donny Tieman - Secretary
Nov. 26, 2018
Congratulations on being chosen to represent your district! It is now up to you to determine whether or not you will be a blessing or a curse for the citizens you represent. You have been placed in your position to defend our liberty, uphold our God-given, inalienable rights and establish justice. Citizens and lobbyists will come to you requesting that special rights and treatments be afforded to certain groups or industries through the law. Deny these requests. It is an abuse of government for it to be used for the advantage of one group over another, i.e. business tax credits. Leadership may request that you support certain bills in order to have your bills recognized and heard. You may even be promised support for your next election campaign if you support those bills. Do not take the bait. Do not compromise your office. It belongs to the people you represent. If this situation occurs, please report it to the news stations and us to expose the corruption of our government.
If you are a teacher who has entered the legislature with the purpose of increasing funding for Oklahoma classrooms, please consider that, without the tax increases of HB 1010XX, our state saw increased revenue by almost $1.2 billion over last year’s collections. Rather than raise taxes, it would be more appropriate to find budget savings and efficiencies with forensic audits and by cutting administrative costs through school district consolidations and downsizing the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Realistically, there should be, at most, a school district for each county with additional school districts allowed for Oklahoma City and Tulsa. If public education shall continue as a state institution, we should move towards reducing its dependence on the tax structure by funding it through such means as sponsorships, advertising, endowments, tuition fees, etc. Very few of our 500+ school districts spend at least 65% of their budgets in the classroom. We insist that you pass legislation that requires school districts to direct at least 65% of their annual spend to the classroom, where the two most important people are, the teacher and the student. Our government is involved in activities it should not be. These are some ways by which we can improve Oklahoma.
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