2017 Special Session Index Score 100
He got all of the votes right!
Oklahoma was subjected to the cost of two special elections late in 2017 in an effort to raise taxes to cover the tax increases that were knocked down by the Supreme Court in the summer of 2017. There weren’t a lot of bills heard, no bills to cut waste or make government more efficient were considered thanks to a veto threat by Gov. Mary Fallin.
HB 1035X, the tax increase on cigarettes and other tobacco.
The vote was 54 to 44
, with 76 votes needed to pass thanks to the constitutional protections of SQ 640. Follow the link above to view the votes of the House members. This was a bad vote for many reasons, first the tobacco taxes impact the poor, working classes, and the mentally ill more than anyone else. Very little of the money was to be used to stop smoking, and we have the TSET funds for that already that are being wasted on bike trails and paid ads telling us to drink water. The pointed out waste in the budget hadn’t been addressed, in fact Fallin threatened to veto any bill that cut waste. No audits have been done despite the loss or theft of tens of millions of dollars in state money.
HB 1054X, which taxed cigarettes, tobacco, and added new fuel taxes.
That one nearly passed, 71 to 27,
with 76 votes needed to raise taxes thanks to SQ 640’s protections. One has to know that this was once again another log rolling bill that would have been challenged had it passed.
HB 1085X, which was another Gross Production Tax increase from 2% to 4% and/or a change in exemption dates. It failed on a
64 to 31 vote, needing 76 to pass. We at STP are ambivalent on the GPT increases for several reasons. First some change needs done because the old vertical well businesses are penalized while the newer horizontal wells, fracking, are given massive tax exemptions. Yet raising