The Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a $1.50 per-package smoking cessation fee passed by lawmakers in May has created a genuine state emergency. If the Legislature does not convene in Special Session and find new revenues to replace those rejected by the Court, the consequence will be unimaginable cuts to health care and other protections for our state’s most vulnerable citizens — with the greatest harm to children, seniors, and people with severe disabilities and mental illness.
What You Can Do
- Contact Governor Mary Fallin and urge her to promptly call a Special Session to fix the budget. Call the Governor at (405) 521-2342; or tweet her a message: @GovMaryFallin
- Contact House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz to insist that they support a Special Session to find the revenues needed to fund state services.
- Speaker Charles McCall (405) 557-7412 email@example.com
- President Pro Tem Mike Schulz (405) 521-5612 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact your own Representative and Senator. Use the form below to find your legislators.
- The Supreme Court’s ruling obliges the Legislature to return to work to pass a budget that respects the rules and meets the needs of their constituents.
- Countless Oklahomans whose lives depend on state services are waiting for our lawmakers to do the right thing. If the Legislature does not find new revenues to replace those rejected by the Court, the consequence will be unimaginable cuts to health care and other protections for our state’s most vulnerable citizens — with the greatest harm to children, seniors, and people with severe disabilities and mental illness.
- Lawmakers now have a second chance to come together in a bipartisan manner in support of widely-supported revenue options – including an increased tobacco tax and an end to unnecessary tax breaks for oil and gas producers – that would put our state finances on a sustainable path, make critical investments in our schools, health care and public safety, and undo cuts to core services.
- We must stop relying on one-time revenues and budget gimmicks that do nothing to fix the state’s structural deficit.
Resources and Information
- Save Our State Coalition’s Blueprint for a Better Budget
- SOS Coalition Statement: Lawmakers must go back to special session and finish job of funding core services
- Blog Post: With the doomsday clock ticking, how might the state’s budget emergency be resolved?
- The Supreme Court’s decision striking down the smoking cessation fee
- Statement by Governor Fallin about the Supreme Court decision
- FY 2018 Budget Highlights (OK Policy Fact Sheet)
- OK Policy’s Revenue Options for a Better Budget (Feb. 2017)
- OK Policy’s Advocacy Toolkit