Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol.
With what was termed the last hope for raising revenue this session, HB 1033XX, failed to reach the three-fourths majority needed to pass without a vote of the people. With 14 weeks left in the regular session, House Speaker Charles McCall and Majority Leader Jon Echols have said they are finished with revenue-raising measures for the session. Echols said it was like banging their heads against the wall. But 3½ months is an eternity to spend in session making brutal budget cuts to a budget that nearly everyone agrees is seriously deficient without looking at revenue options.
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