Oklahoma Senate Shows Rare Glimpse of Fiscal Sanity

Maybe it's because I'm not a right-wing ideologue with a warped mind, but I'm actually old enough to remember the 2018 Oklahoma Teachers Strike.

Remember that thing?

It occurred a long long time ago, when – after years of draconian budget cuts and funding crises – our state lawmakers' obsession with underfunding Oklahoma government finally came back to bite them (and us), and they had to do things like raise taxes on cigarettes, gasoline and even natural resource extraction to increase education funding and get those greedy, selfish teachers a long-deserved pay raise. You know, a great time in Oklahoma history when the national headlines coming out of our state were like this or this or this.

Anyway, I guess the one lesson lawmakers from the Oklahoma House took away from those ancient times is that we should repeat our mistakes as quickly as possible.

Thanks to an influx of federal funding due to the pandemic, the Oklahoma House recently passed legislation that would dramatically lower corporate and personal income taxes, and in the process, set the stage for the great Oklahoma Teachers Walkout of 2028.

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