Friday, May 19, 2017

Guest Opinion: A State In Denial Of A Spending Problem

A guest opinion, by Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, -founder of Tulsa 912 Project
​  Oklahoma does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
  Our representatives must cut the State budget, fund what is essential - like roads, courts, and law enforcement - and then carve away at the rest. 

  A proposed discriminatory tax increase on cigarettes ( HB2372) failed in the Oklahoma House this week. However, since it received a majority vote (thanks to some of our own legislators), it will be on the ballot in November 2018. 

  Two more tax-increase bills to defeat are HB2403 and HB2347 which together limit itemized tax deductions and change the way gross, taxable income is calculated, so
Tax Shake Down
    Oklahoma Tax Shakedown Oklahomans pay more income tax. Additionally, Governor Fallin wants to charge sales tax on over 150 services such as funerals, insurance, utility bills, even child care and nursing home services.

  Contact your State Representative TODAY and tell them to vote NO on these and all proposed tax increases. Oklahoma needs to cut spending, NOT increase taxes!

  These Republican men and women ran for office on the principles of conservatism, individual rights, smaller government, lower taxes and a belief in the free market system. And yet, once elected, those principles fly right out the door.

 "Simple fairness dictates that government must not raise taxes on families struggling to pay their bills."  ~Ronald Reagan

  Oklahoma legislators should have to do what you and I do when we have a "budget shortfall" (aka over spending problem), tighten our belts and make tough decisions. Our governor has nothing to lose by raising taxes on hard working Oklahoma citizens, she is 'termed out' and will be gone, but many of the men and women serving in our legislature should be concerned. They need to remember that it is the citizens that put them into office, not the governor.
  Call your state representatives and senators TODAY! Call them tomorrow. Call them every day until session is over. Tell them NO NEW TAXES, NO tax increases. Tell them to abide by the principles they ran for office on. Be polite and remember, if they don't hear from you, their constituents, the only people they will hear from are lobbyists and special interest groups. CALL NOW!!! 


Ronda Vuillemont-Smith 
Tulsa 9.12 Project 


from Sooner - Editorial

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