Happy New Year! I trust you survived the holidays and are well rested and prepared for all that 2018 brings us.
We know that 2018 will bring campaigns and elections. Getting to know the candidates, asking questions and understanding where they stand on issues is key to making informed, voting decisions.
Christmas is upon us and our lives become busy with holiday festivities, shopping and all the little things we do in preparation of celebrating Christmas. This has been an unusually hectic year for many of us so when our speakers had to reschedule because of conflicts we decided to give everyone the month of December off from our monthly meeting to rest up because 2018 is going to be a busy, busy year.
BatesLine recommendations for City of Tulsa 2017 charter amendment propositions
As you are reading this, our Oklahoma House of Representatives are considering their vote on the BIGGEST tax increase in Oklahoma history. Not anything to be proud of for sure. We need you to contact your state representative and others and tell them No More Taxes! We demand performance audits and reform before coming after another penny of ours.
Most of us are familiar with the budget debacle of 2017 and the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to override the Cigarette tax leaving a $215 million budget shortfall in our state budget. And, in spite of the cooler temperatures, it's getting hot in Oklahoma City right now. The Oklahoma legislature was called into special session (with no particular game plan) by Governor Fallin. After many weeks of whatever it was they were doing, it finally looks like there may be a deal in the works with no, I repeat, NO, nada, nil, zilch, zero cuts to government waste. Not one!! Plenty of taxes though!
Sooner Tea Party explains the plan well:
Bound to fail, designed to fail actually, and you need to know why, but first we will look at the package as told to the Republican Caucus on Sunday and Monday.
Plan A looks like this:
Cigarette Tax increase of $1.50 per pack, super-majority vote needed.
Increase of the fuel tax by 35%, super-majority vote needed.
Increase the excise tax on low point beer by 11%, super-majority vote needed