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Richardson to Challenge Tax Hikes in Supreme Court

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.

Jason Murphey: The Unsuccessful Tax Increase Attempts

Over the course of the past several months I have written about an array of tax increases attempted by the legislature. As this year’s legislative session has been brought to an end, I thought it a good idea to describe the tax increase attempts that…

Lawsuit filed over new cigarette tax

A lawsuit has been filed to block the new $257M cigarette tax “smoking cessation fee” passed by legislators in the final week of the legislative session last month. The lawsuit was filed by R.J Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Phillip Morri…

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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Sine Die: Legislature passes budget, new taxes, adjourns

“There is nothing that will upset a state economic condition like a legislature. It’s better to have termites in your house than the legislature [in session].””The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congr…