Nothing like waking up and reading an article about the governor making a decision that gets you upset. Sadly, there are plenty of those articles to go around in the state of Oklahoma. I tend to get cranky on those mornings and have to run off the rage so as to not spread the cranky around.
While I’m glad there won’t be a special legislative session to try to use one-time funds for teacher raises (bone-headed idea), I’m also a bit peeved.
I’m frustrated that our governor and far too many in the legislature come up with these cockamamie ideas, get everyone foaming-at-the-mouth mad, and then when they pull back on the idea (or it gets slapped down), it almost seems like they get praise for coming to their senses.
How about they don’t try to push insane ideas that hurt more than they help? How about they actually DO THEIR JOB and try to fix the mess they have created with reasonable ideas?
How about they actually tell the truth about what they are trying to do instead of disguising it in political BS?
Are you kidding me?
They put the state over a billion dollars in the hole, have to cut funding twice to government agencies (sending them scrambling to try to figure out how to meet the needs of the people in this state that they serve), and when they over-cut the second time, all of a sudden they have ‘excess funds’ to give teachers raises? Raises they have neglected to work at giving them for close to ten years now.
Sorry. Nope. It was a ridiculous idea to suggest. Now they get a pat on the head for making the right call to not call the legislative session (which would have cost our state thousands each day that WE DON’T HAVE).
And I’m not sorry to say that I find the timing suspect with SQ 779 coming up in November. While I’m personally on the fence on it, they have tried everything they could to derail this so as to not go to the vote of the people. It irks me to no end. Until I read this quote in the Tulsa World article, which had me gently seething (emphasis is mine),
Fallin has said the proposed special session was not an effort to derail SQ 779.
Bingman said some have concerns that if the sales tax is increased, it will be detrimental to cities and towns, which rely on the sales tax to fund projects. They have said an increase will mean it will be difficult to raise it in the future.
Please correct me if I am wrong, I’m new-ish to following state politics, and double-speak is not a second language to me, but I read this to mean they (legislature, governor, whoever) are wanting to raise taxes in the future, and SQ 779 puts a damper on their plans. Good heavens, I hope I am wrong. There is no telling what they would want to raise taxes for. Perhaps they want more for renovating the Capitol (priorities – giant eye roll). Who knows.
All I know is, I’m tired of say, “Yay!” when they finally roll back their asinine ideas. How about not trying to come up with crazy schemes to protect future crazy schemes? I don’t feel like this is too much to ask.
And I know it won’t be the last time we see garbage like this.
Fallin’s office announced that an excess $140.8 million in revenues will be returned to state agencies.