Sunday, February 04, 2018

Choctaw County GOP passes resolution opposing attacks on SQ640

"The Choctaw County GOP stands with the Muskogee GOP by issuing this Statement Opposing Any Weakening by the Oklahoma Legislature of Taxpayer Protections in Article V, Section 33 of the Oklahoma Constitution. Further, we encourage other Republican Party County Committees to do the same." - Carol Bone, Chairman, February 2nd, 2018

    The Choctaw County Republican Party County Committee opposes any attempt by any means to weaken the taxpayer protections found in Article V, Section 33 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

    As you know, SQ640 was approved by a vote of the people and requires that any revenue increases, whether through raising taxes, removing exemptions, or increasing fees be approved by the majority of voters in a general election, or by a 75% vote of the state House and Senate.

    SQ640 gives the voters the responsibility to decide the issue if the legislature or the governor believe they have compelling reasons to increase taxes, and are unable to achieve the required 75% threshold in both house and senate!

    Candidates who want our support must acknowledge the voters’ proper place in deciding revenue increase proposals, and those candidates should pledge to uphold and strengthen rather than weaken the taxpayer protections found in Article V, Section 33 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

    We expect and insist that the legislature regard the law rather than seek to weaken the taxpayer protections implemented by SQ640.

    The County Chairman will distribute copies of this resolution to the county email list, to the Republican legislators representing portions of Choctaw County, the Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman, the Oklahoma House Speaker, the Oklahoma Senate President, and the Governor of Oklahoma.

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