FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today’s Supreme Court decision has provided a major setback in the effort to protect Oklahomans’ tax dollars. For months, Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! has struggled with media and unions reporting lies about the petition by falsely stating it was a repeal on teacher pay raises. The effort to REPEAL HB1010XX is to relieve the people from unnecessary and burdensome taxes and had nothing to do with the teacher pay raise. The Supreme Court agreed with that sentiment in their ruling. If the taxes are repealed, the raises remain sacrosanct, as the supremes state on pages 4-5 in their decision. Because of oversight in communications, scrivener errors and legislative gymnastics, the petition has been ruled invalid in the current form. Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! believes in the protection of the taxpayer. At every turn we must ask: who is standing up for us? Our DNA is to fight for injustice perpetrated by all forms of government, after all a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have. We are, at our core, conservatives; and we want the conservation and protection of our money to be our civic leaders’ highest priority. It clearly is not. Governments and politicians have long ago decided that plunder of the taxpayer is acceptable, so they grow government at a rapid rate. As Jefferson states, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” We must fight against this natural progression. We want to be remembered as men and women who cared too much rather than cared too little, even if that means our grassroots organization makes mistakes along the journey. Given today’s decision of the OK Supreme Court, our fight is not over, our battle has just begun. The people did not support this egregious and unnecessary, burdensome tax hike. The people will have their say. Our mistakes will be corrected. Our motivation has been renewed. Our taxes are OUR money, they are not the governments’ money, and it’s time for all of us to declare that together from our rooftops. Thank you to all Oklahomans who supported our initial effort. We appreciate all you’ve done to stand up for the Oklahoma taxpayer, the Forgotten Man.