Why Saving The Income Tax Is Critical For Rural Oklahoma

1. Higher Property Taxes. Every state without an income tax pays more in property taxes than we do in Oklahoma. In Texas, property taxes are almost three times higher. per capita. Money to fund core services has to come from somewhere, and in no-income tax states, ranchers and landowners foot a larger portion of that bill.
2. Closure and Consolidation of Rural Schools. Many of Oklahoma’s rural schools are barely making ends meet. The income tax is the largest state funding source for education. Eliminating the income tax would cripple the under-funded education budget and could force some of these cherished rural schools to close.
3. Loss of Rural Economic Development Incentives. In order to eliminate the income tax, rural Oklahoma will lose valuable economic incentives that help them compete with other areas for jobs.
4. Putting Agricultural Sales Tax Exemptions in Jeopardy. Without an income tax, the sales tax becomes the primary statewide tax. When the state experiences difficult economic times, agricultural sales tax exemptions would be on the chopping block to bring in more revenue to fund core government services.

What You Can Do Today

1. Get Informed. Resources to learn more about the income tax debate are freely available athttps://okpolicy.org/take-action

2. Contact Elected Officials. Let your elected representatives and the top officials who are making decisions on taxes and the budget know how you feel. Your voice can be heard!

Speaker Kris Steele (405) 557-7345 krissteele@okhouse.gov
Rep. Earl Sears, Chair of House Appropriations and Budget committee (405) 557-7358earl.sears@okhouse.gov
Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman (405) 521-5528 bingman@oksenate.gov
Senator Clark Jolley, Chair of Senate Appropriations Committee (405) 521-5622jolley@oksenate.gov
Governor Mary Fallin  (405) 521-2342 click here to email the Governor
Find your state legislators’ contact information here and see how to contact Governor Fallin here. You can also reach your legislators through the House switchboard at (405) 521-2711 or 1-800-522-8502  and the Senate switchboard at (405) 524-0126 or 1-800-865-6490.

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Oklahoma Policy Insititute (OK Policy) advances equitable and fiscally responsible policies that expand opportunity for all Oklahomans through non-partisan research, analysis, and advocacy.

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