Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Statement from Dave Bond, CEO of OCPA Impact, Inc., on the voting results on SQ 779 and the continuing need for a teacher pay raise in Oklahoma:
"Today's results on 779 are only a partial victory. Yes, working Oklahoma families have been successfully shielded from being forced to pay the highest sales tax burden in the nation, and we're very pleased with that outcome.
"But the results are only a partial victory because the need for a pay raise for public school classroom teachers across Oklahoma is still very, very real.
"We spent the entire past legislative session at the Oklahoma Capitol advocating for a teacher pay raise without a tax increase on working Oklahomans, and we will push for the same objective at the Capitol this coming session.
"We look forward to working with President Boren, and with others across Oklahoma who have served as strong voices for increasing teacher salaries, toward realizing this common goal without increasing taxes at a time when our state and our economy can least afford it."