Taxes

Oklahoma Watchman: The Claims Of The Attorney General

Whadda yah mean I gotta run for office after this? Fallin can’t just appoint me again?

OKLAHOMA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CLAIMS A GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE HAS NO STANDING TO FILE A CASE AGAINST THE CAR TAX BECAUSE HE ISN’T BUYING A CAR

By the Watchman

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Brogdon Calls On Jones & Lamb To Support Tax Challenge

Former senator, Randy Brogdon, joined the Pat Campbell Radio Show on Thursday morning, to express his strong support for the legal challenges to the controversial new tax hikes which the legislature is attempting to impose. Listen to the full interview with Richardson, and the resulting comments from Brogdon, here. “I am very disappointed in Gary [Jones] & Todd [Lamb]for not jumping on this lawsuit with Gary Richardson.That’s the first thing they should h […]

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Third lawsuit filed over last-minute tax hikes

House Bill 2433 passed in the final hours of the legislative session, putting $123M more in taxes on Oklahomans through adding a 1.25% sales tax on vehicle sales, in addition to other taxes already charged on sales. That measure is now being challenged…

Richardson to Challenge Tax Hikes in Supreme Court

Tulsa, OK, June 22, 2017–  Gary Richardson held  a press conference at the Tulsa Press Club today at 3 p.m. to announce his plan to file a lawsuit in the Oklahoma Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of House Bills 1449, 2348, and 2433.

House Bill 1449 creates the “Motor Fuel Tax Fee” which charges a fee to owners of electric and compressed natural gas vehicles in order to make up for the fact that they don’t pay the motor fuel tax; House Bill 2348 effectively raises taxes on the millions of Oklahomans who take the standard deduction when filing their tax returns by uncoupling the state deduction rate from the federal rate; and House Bill 2433 adds a new 1.25% sales tax on motor vehicle sales on top on the existing excise tax already charged on car sales.  All three of these laws were enacted in violation of Article 5, Section 33 of the Oklahoma Constitution which was enacted by State Question 640 in 1992.

24 Lawmakers Said 'No' to Controversial Tax Ploys

There were 145 lawmakers wrangling with the pressure of the last week of regular session, last month. Budget committees tried to force massive new taxes and the governor added her pressure to the mix.  Along with the minority party exercising their leverage for an oil production tax, there were 24 solidly conservative lawmakers pushing back against a clear violation of the Republican party tenants of limiting government, rather than confiscating the […]

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Sooner Politics: Is Anyone Going To Challenge The Unconstitutional Tax Bills?

  Last month, the Oklahoma legislature waited until the last few days to pass an ensemble of new taxes. These legislative actions clearly violated several constitutional prohibitions:The legislature cannot pass a ‘revenue raising’ bill in the last 5 days of a legislative regular session.The legislature must first present all revenue-raising proposals to a vote of the people, before they become law. The only way to avoid the b […]

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A Failed Session? Will The Courts Negate The Taxes?

A Constitutional Crisis has now arrived. The Legislative leaders did the unthinkable. They blatantly raised taxes several times and in several ways that the constitution strictly forbids.  Today, the session has adjourned ‘sine die’ [latin for “with no appointed date for resumption”] . Tax Week Failures   When the two chambers failed to legally pass enough revenue increases before last Monday morning, to pacify the state’s appetite; The […]

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The Looming Supreme Court Ruling On Revenue Bills

  The legislative leaders and governor are acting willfully delusional. They have this notion that as long as they don’t utter the dreaded ‘t’ word (tax), then they can pass any revenue bill at any time and with only a mere majority of  the yeas & nays.  About 25 years ago, the people of Oklahoma did an end-run around our own arrogant legislature by passing a citizen initiative ballot question. The result w […]

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