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Amendments would eliminate grocery tax while raising sales, GPT tax rates: A proposal to modify the tax rate on sales and the production of oil and gas can be heard in Oklahoma’s ongoing special session. Lawmakers haven’t taken any meaningful action in their second special session for weeks while they pushed through hundreds of bills in regular session. House Bill 1033 was able to be heard as early as Tuesday but Senate leadership said they didn’t know when it might be brought up for a hearing [NewsOK]. Frequently asked questions about Oklahoma’s special sessions [OK Policy].
House speaker thinks $5,000 teacher raises can be achieved within 12 months: House Speaker Charles McCall is confident that teachers will see a $5,000 pay raise in the next 12 months, if not sooner, he said Tuesday. Teachers and state employees have said they will walk out on April 2 if lawmakers have not acted on pay raises. “We know with certainty within the next 12 months it is going to happen,” McCall, R-Atoka, told the Tulsa World. “It is fully going to be realized. Let me put it that way.” Teachers have asked for a $10,000 raise [Tulsa World]. 2018 Policy Priority: Increase Teacher Pay [OK Policy].
Oklahoma Lawmaker: Teacher, State Employee Walkouts “Akin to Extortion”: Cache High School students got their representative’s thoughts on planned teacher walkouts during a visit to the capitol. Rep. Jeff Coody said the $10,000 raise for teachers and raises for state employees that educators are demanding will cost roughly one-third of what the legislature appropriates each year, so he has an unfavorable view of their planned April 2 walkouts [Public Radio Tulsa]. Rep. Coody said the comments were taken out of context [KFOR]. A visiting high school student posted a response on Facebook that went viral [KFSM].
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