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GOP confronts another failed tax experiment in Oklahoma: Oklahoma’s woes offer the ultimate cautionary tale for other states considering trickle-down economic reforms. The outlook is so grim that some Republicans are willing to consider the ultimate heresy: raising taxes to fund education and health care, an idea that was once the exclusive province of Democrats. [AP] Congressional tax plan takes Oklahoma’s budget mess national [OK Policy]
Senate leaders vow another vote on revenue package to support teacher raises: Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz expects to try again to secure approval of a revenue package to fund a 12.7 percent teacher hike. Late Wednesday, the Senate passed the pay hike, but the measure to fund it failed by two votes to garner the supermajority of 36 votes needed for revenue-raising bills. [Tulsa World] Fed Up With Low Pay, Oklahoma Teachers Prepare to Walk Out [Education Week] Oklahoma has many good options to resolve the teacher walkout [OK Policy]
State of Oklahoma: Why are we failing?: Oklahomans help Oklahomans. But in too many ways and by too many measures Oklahoma is failing. In areas of criminal justice, health, poverty and education, the state is in crisis, ranking among the worst — if not the worst in the nation. [The Oklahoman]
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