Have you heard the news? The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued their ruling on the cigarette “fee” today—and they deemed it unconstitutional. Which means around $200 million our lawmakers budgeted for is no longer available.
So what can the legislature do about it? They can go back into a special session and finally give Oklahoma families a budget they deserve—one that invests instead of cuts. A budget that finally gives our teachers the pay raise they deserve and invests in our schools.
Our lawmakers have a chance to get it right this time. And Governor Fallin has a chance to step up and be the leader we need right now.
As part of the Save Our State coalition, we’ve put together a strategic budget blueprint, and we urge lawmakers to take it seriously.
Our students and teachers are facing a severe education crisis, and if our state can’t properly educate its children, how can it have a prosperous future?
A special session might be our only chance to repair the budget and encourage lawmakers to put education at the forefront this time.