Stand for Children Oklahoma’s executive director, Amber England, issued the following statement in response to today’s revenue failure announcement by the Board of Equalization:
“Today’s announcement means many services Oklahomans rely on to pull their families out of poverty, including public education, will receive yet another round of cuts.
It’s called a revenue failure for a reason, and we can’t continue down this road. It’s time for bold leadership from Oklahoma lawmakers to place every single revenue-raising measure on the table to fix the budget problem which has plagued our state for years and will continue to do so without swift, meaningful action.
This should start with reversing the hundreds of millions of dollars in generous special interest tax giveaways for corporations that have benefited the most while Oklahoma students continue to suffer with underfunded schools. Leaving this money on the table has resulted in four-day school weeks, overcrowded classrooms, and teachers fleeing the state for higher pay.”