March 13th, 2014
As part of the Together Oklahoma coalition, OK Policy has developed four top priority issues for this year’s Legislative session. These priorities have been identified as practical, politically achievable steps to move us toward lasting, broad-based prosperity.
One of these priorities is to protect essential revenues for core services.
A quote often attributed to the famous Will Rogers is, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Yet our state lawmakers have seemed unable to take that advice.
The Great Recession beginning in 2008 opened a huge hole in the state budget that was never fully repaired. Yet politicians have continued to push tax cuts and ignore the growing problems caused by underfunded core services — such as too few foster families for neglected and abused kids, kids not prepared for college, overcrowded and unsafe prisons, rising tuition and fees, and more.