Originally Published in The Oklahoman Written By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin [at] oklahoman [dot] com
EDMOND — City officials are preparing resolutions opposing two state questions — one calls for an additional 1 percent sales tax for Oklahoma education and the other amends the state’s constitution addressing agricultural industry rights.
State Question 779, the sales tax increase for education, and State Question 777, farm and ranch amendment, are on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Originally Published in Tulsa World Written By Barbara Hoberock barbara [dot] hoberock [at] tulsaworld [dot] com
Although only two state questions officially have been put on the ballot, the prospect that several more will be put before voters on Nov. 8 is nearly certain.
Gov. Mary Fallin must issue a proclamation to put measures on the ballot after passage by the Legislature or successful circulation of an initiative petition. Officially on the ballot by order of the governor are State Question 777 and 776. Both were added by lawmakers.
The Legislative season started early, when in December of 2015 the State declared a revenue failure for the, then current, FY’16 with a projected revenue shortfall of $157M. All agencies took an 3% reduction in funds previously appropriated for FY’16 operations. The bad news didn’t stop there as it was revealed that the State was facing a $900M budget shortfall for FY ’17. As the session progressed, the shortfall grew to $1.3B. Below find some of the highlight of what did and didn’t happen.
Good Tuesday Morning -- So with one week – 4 days – remaining before the Constitutionally required adjournment at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27th, here’s what we know today about the 2016 Oklahoma Legislative Session: