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Fallin would veto another budget lacking teacher raise: Gov. Mary Fallin said she would veto another proposed budget that doesn’t include a pay raise for teachers, something she called a top priority headed into her final year in office. Following an address to dozens of school superintendents on Wednesday, in which she talked about the need for a teacher pay raise, Fallin was asked by a reporter if she would veto a budget that did not include a salary increase for educators. “In the second special session? Yeah, I would,” Fallin said [NewsOK].
Poll: Likely voters would support teacher raise with gross production tax hike, give lawmakers low marks on education funding: More than half of the respondents to a poll released Wednesday believe that education funding should be increased, even if it means raising taxes. The poll was commissioned by the Oklahoma Education Association and was conducted by Harstad Strategic Research Inc., based in Colorado. The results are based on 502 random telephone interviews among likely voters in the November 2018 Oklahoma elections [Tulsa World]. Most Oklahoma voters have a positive opinion of President Donald Trump, while Gov. Mary Fallin and the state Legislature received negative ratings from most voters in a recent poll [NewsOK]. The survey is available here. We must end oil and gas tax breaks to save Oklahoma communities [OK Policy].
Petition to increase teacher pay faces legal challenge from oil and gas group: Legal challenges were filed Wednesday against a recently announced initiative petition seeking a vote to increase the gross production tax to fund teacher pay raises. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association filed two challenges to State Question 795 with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The state question petition, spearheaded by Restore Oklahoma Now Inc., seeks signatures to put on the ballot a proposal to raise the rate on new wells to 7 percent from 2 percent in order to fund a $4,000 teacher pay raise [Tulsa World].
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