Oklahoma House bill would make it easier to raise taxes


January 10, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican leader of the Oklahoma House wants voters to amend the state constitution to reduce the threshold of votes in the Legislature required to approve tax increases to 60 percent of members.

The current threshold is 75 percent of lawmakers and Republican House Speaker Pro Tempore Harold Wright said that requirement is so steep it has stymied efforts to provide for core services such as roads and bridges, public safety, education, public health and corrections. He has filed Legislation to change it.

In November, a plan to raise taxes to plug a hole in the state...

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