I would fully support changing legislative tax raising abilities in line with the school bond process. Let's compare how taxes can currently be raised in Oklahoma: Taxation at the state level:
- The legislature can raise taxes only with 3/4ths vote in favor
- The legislature can send taxes hikes to a vote of the people, where it passes with majority vote (50%+1)
- Taxes can be raised with majority vote (50%+1) via initiative petition
- Cannot be raised by the county commissioners
- Must go to a vote of the people
- Can pass with a majority vote (50%+1)
For school bond elections:
- School districts cannot raise tax rates
- Bond increases or renewals go to a vote of the people
- School bonds require a 60% vote in favor
I appreciate Rep. Wright's suggestion that we change how the legislature can tax to the process school bonds go through.
If we did that, the Legislature would be unable to raise any taxes, would be required to bring tax increases to a vote of the people, and such ballot measures would necessitate 60% affirmative vote for passage.
Count me on board with that.