May 24th, 2017
The legislative session began with promises to fix Oklahoma’s structural deficit, fund a teacher pay raise, and stop the reckless use of one-time funds that make our budget problems worse in future years. Unfortunately, lawmakers are now considering a budget deal that breaks all of those promises. Instead of adopting strong, sensible revenue options, they cobbled together a budget using legally questionable gimmicks and even more cuts that will be passed down to regular Oklahomans.
The results of this budget will be a continuing exodus of teachers from Oklahoma schools, larger class sizes and fewer educational opportunities, failing protections for public health and safety, and collapsing support for children, seniors, and Oklahomans with disabilities — in other words, more of the same, but worse.
Oklahomans want and deserve better, even at the cost of coming back into special session to do this right. Lawmakers should vote down this budget and come up with a responsible plan. Join the call to lawmakers to come back with a plan that puts regular people over special interests. [See the full budget statement from OK Policy and the Save Our State coalition here.]
What You Can Do
- Look up contact information for your State Representative by typing your address into the tool below. Call their office to tell them to vote down SB 860 and come back with a budget deal that funds our communities. If phone lines are busy or voicemails are full, you can send them that message with an email.
- You can also join us at the State Capitol tomorrow. Oklahomans are dressing in black and bringing flashlights to show legislators that we are willing to shine a light onto the budget process and find the path to a better budget!