OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Initiative Petition 403 to ask voters for a one cent sales tax going to common and higher education, proposed by University of Oklahoma President David Boren, can be on the ballot this fall.
OCPA Impact had filed a formal protest back in November challenging the constitutionality of the petition on the basis that it violated the one subject rule and asking to have it thrown out. The Supreme Court ruled that the petition does not violate the rule.
Boren had proposed the “one-cent sales tax” to be able to create the Oklahoma Education Improvement Fund. That money could then be used for teacher raises and other educational purposes.
Dave Bond, CEO of OCPA Impact, said in a statement that his organization will continue to work against the tax despite the decision.
“In the coming months, we will continue our effort to prevent the Boren tax increase, making sure all Oklahomans understand the Boren proposal would force them to pay the highest sales tax burden in the nation, and nearly half the money from the tax increase would never go to teachers,” Bond said.
“We’ll also work during the legislative session, which is about to begin, to advance an alternative option for funding real pay raises for every teacher in Oklahoma and hiring additional teachers to address the shortages many classrooms face across the state. This can be accomplished without teachers having to give up a portion of their pay raise because of a tax increase, and if the Legislature acts this session, teachers can start receiving the pay raise immediately, as opposed to next year,” Bond concluded.
To learn more about the group’s alternative proposal for increasing teacher salaries you can visit www.StopHigherTaxesOK.com.