Despite Pandemic, Oklahoma Lawmakers Are Still Getting A 35% Pay Raise

Back in the fall, a group of political cronies appointed by lawmakers voted to give Oklahoma lawmakers an astronomical, and completely undeserved, 35-percent pay raise.

Now that our state, like the rest of the country, is facing an astronomical economic hurdle due to the pandemic, you’d logically think that pay raise would be postponed, reneged or at least saved for more deserving people, like the tens of thousands of Oklahomans who have yet to receive their unemployment checks.

Unfortunately, Oklahoma is dark, demented place where logical thought goes to die. Via News9:

OKLAHOMA CITY – This week the state House of Representatives is expected to vote on a budget proposal that includes 4% cuts to most agencies. At the same time, legislators are gearing up for a 35% pay raise…

Last October, the Legislative Compensation Board; a five-member board appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, approved the raise increasing pay for legislators from $35,000 a year to $47,500 in November. It’s the first pay raise for the legislature in 20-years.

Fun fact – one of the people on the Legislative Compensation Board is News 9 political “pundit” Scott Mitchell. He’s a fair and impartial journalist… who just happens to accept advertising dollars from the people he voted to give a pay raise, too:

Anyway, although they’ve already been given the pay raise, it should be pretty easy to take it back, right? The answer is “No.”

“My concern with all the revenue shortfall that we have going on it’s difficult to explain to the public that the legislature as of November 2020 is going to get a $12,000 raise,” said Senator Ron Sharp (R) Shawnee.

“Legal staff has informed me that as a constitutionally created board they have the constitutional power to allow this pay increase and there’s really nothing we can do,” Sharp said. “All legal staff has informed me that this would be unconstitutional for me to try to stop it statutorily when it’s a constitutional created board.”

The legislature controls the purse strings though, so we asked Sharp if the legislature could just refuse to fund the raises?

“That is not what we are being informed. Anything that is constitutionally created we have to fund, just like the Medicaid expansion,” Sharp said.

I have an idea. Is there a way we can make it look like Democrats or Bill Gates or Mexicans or Dr. Fauci are behind the pay raise? If so, I bet our lawmakers will figure a way to stop it pretty fast.

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17 Responses

  1. Fox….henhouse …ad infinitum, ad nauseum

  2. Fucking Criminals!! They pass unconstitutional laws every session and they get thrown out…so lets give this one a shot at being overturned, and throw a little bit of money toward education. Maybe after that we’ll graduate enough smart people so they won’t vote these miserable crooks into office in the first place.

  3. Disgusting.

    They’re clever enough to find a workaround for the Court’s decision on absentee voting, all done in only 72 hours. I’m sure they could find a way to give back the pay raise – if they wanted to.

    Perhaps they would all agree to contribute their raises back to the state treasury. Maybe?

  4. Core Republican Value. Lying, cheating and abuse of office aren’t crimes if done in public. (See Trump, Donald John)

  5. Just tell them Obama fully supports these raises – and watch Stittface write an executive order banning congressional raises. It works – like when Orin Hatch named Merrick Garland as a possible SCOTUS candidate, but when President Blackenstien nominated him, suddenly Merrick Garland was carrying a Hillary Clinton Bengahzi Email Baby in his man-womb and STILL wasn’t confirmed, nor was allowed to get an abortion.

    1. Kudos for the numerous metaphors….my brain hurts.

  6. OKLAHOMA POLITICIAN: Now, I been a-servin’ in this here law-makin’ organ-i-zation since the last e-lection, and I ain’t had no pay raise since gettin’ e-lected! If’n you want the kind o’ top quality legislatin’ we aim to de-liver, we’re gonna need a financial in-centive!

    All opposed, say “I’m a Communist.” All in favor, say “YEEEEEEEEE-HA!”

    This here measure done passed! Next order o’ bidness…we got a proposal here to look inta settin’ up CAMPS fer people who openly i-dentify as Democrats. Concentrate ’em together in the camps, until they can get their heads straight and their attitudes adjusted. Let’s vote on it, y’all!!!!


    Plus they need the extra money to help support their real jobs-Campaigning for re-election 24/7.

    1. Also, I could be wrong, but I don’t see this reported on in any of the three local TV websites, nor anything in the The Daily Propaganda rag. So seems mainstream media doesn’t consider it a relevant story, LOL!

      1. In these hard times, actual reporting takes a back seat to combing the archives for “Remember When” pieces.

        No wonder local papers are dying.

      2. KWTV (9) covered it on the air but I couldn’t find it on the website.

  8. Why are we shocked, it’s what we vote for time and time again. We love are Red State, we like playing church. Just sprinkle a little Jesus here every now and then on Sunday, we cool. You got our vote as long as you play the religion card. Just keep real Christianity out. You know, the real Jesus.

    1. The real Jesus? You mean the Capitalist Jesus who would shoo the sick and needy away from his gatherings?

      That Jesus?

  9. It’s not happening, they may think it is but with this many people out of work and having nothing to do it wouldnt be to terribly difficult to march on the Capitol. They dont have enough OHP or OKCPD staff to protect the idiots if a crowd as low as 5k show up and just walked right onto the floor and commenced to just sitting there and not letting them leave until we see the pay raise rescinded. I’m not talking about any violence, leave that crap at home. I’m talking about making it impossible for them to leave the Capitol until they “see it from the constituents point of view.” But alas, we live in a state full of chicken shit cowards, most of them single issue voters some are just getting the fine treatment we deserve.

  10. This is absolutely reprehensible!! We have thousands that have lost their job and they state they are being forced to take this because they can’t do anything about it. BULLSHIT!!
    State workers and teachers get handed out some scraps and they get the dinner. I’m with Duke we need to send them a message but I’m afraid nothing will happen as always.
    Wake the fuck up and do something Oklahoma !

    1. No teacher handouts this year. They “paused” their required contribution to pension funds for the teachers and police/fire in order to balance the budget!!

  11. Can this news be posted on billboards across the city so the recently unemployed can see it ?

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