Henry Waits On Budget Deal

Declining Revenues?

No one enjoys paying taxes, but they are inevitable in a civilized society. The Republican Party these days like to demonize taxes, but it has have proven itself recklessly irresponsible on a federal level when it comes to spending government money. Look at the budget deficit.

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So Gov. Brad Henry has made yet another prudent and appropriate decision by delaying action on GOP-proposal that would accelerate tax cuts passed in 2006 and add additional cuts. Henry says he will wait until a final budget has been agreed upon before making a final decision on whether to sign the tax bill presented to him.

A potential major problem is that state revenues are not meeting earlier estimates, and that could open the state up for problems down the road.

“These projected stagnant revenues come at a time when the state is already
struggling to deal with billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities in the state teachers’
retirement system, as well as upholding commitments to raise teachers’ salaries, expand access to higher education, repair roads and bridges, and bolster the health care system,” according to the Alliance for Oklahoma’s Future.

What’s important here is that Oklahoma citizens get involved and look at what gets funded in this state. Too often, people just rely on the clichés or rhetoric of party politics to decide where to stand on an issue. But where is the money going? Who benefits the most by the tax cuts? Who gets to spend your tax dollars and on what programs?

Tats Or Not?

Why won’t the state just leave the tattoo industry alone? Why does it continue to hassle tattoo artists? Why doesn’t the state get big signs that say, “Do Not Enter If You Are Not A Conformist,” and place them on the state’s borders?

The state legalized tattoos last year. Oklahoma was the last state in the nation to do so.

But a couple of the regulations were so draconian and unconstitutional that most tattoo studios could not stay in business. One regulation, for example, required tattoo studio owners to purchase a $100,000 surety bond. Another regulation required studios to be at least 1,000 feet from a school, playground, or church.

Oklahoma County District Judge Dan Owens recently ruled the provisions were unconstitutional, but now the state health department wants to take the issue to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

This is a complete waste of taxpayer’s money and a typical, Okie spectacle. We supposedly legalize tattoos, but then we spend taxpayers’ money on trying to stop people from getting tattoos.