When economic times are tough at your home, it’s likely that your family will gather around the kitchen table to have a hard discussion of what has to be paid for and what the family can do without for the short term.
Sometimes the choices are tough - no more eating out, canceling cable and internet, or canceling ballet classes for your child. Maybe you might have to go down to just one car.
But your family works together and figures out how to live within their means. Never once is there a discussion to go take money from your neighbor to pay the bills.
But that’s what’s happening at the State Legislature. Rather than cut spending on non-core services or deferring corporate tax credits, our leaders want to raise taxes on middle and lower-income Oklahomans.
Gary Richardson has a plan that would fill the $230 million budget gap for 2017-18, increase funding to the Department of Corrections, Public Safety, and DHS while still ensuring a $5,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers.
2018 Budget Solution
2019 and Beyond
There needs to be a performance audit of the seven top funded agencies. There is no telling how much waste exists in these agencies and until we have a full accounting, we will never be able to ensure every tax dollar is being spent wisely.
I fully expect that we will be able to find hundreds of millions of dollars in waste and fraud which would be more than enough to fund our budget at current levels.
There’s no reason we can’t live within our means. It’s time that our Republican leaders embrace conservative, Republican principles in our state government and drain the swamp at the State Capitol!