Oklahoma House budget chair announces plan to raise revenue
September 13, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chairman of Oklahoma's House Appropriations and Budget Committee has a plan to fill a $215 million budget shortfall that includes raising the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack and allowing Indian casinos to offer roulette and dice games.
Republican Rep. Kevin Wallace said Tuesday his plan covers the shortfall and creates nearly $300 million in additional revenue annually.
The shortfall was created when the state Supreme Court ruled a $1.50 per pack "fee" on cigarettes was an unconstitutional tax.
Wallace's plan allows expanded gambling for tribes that give up re...