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Oklahoma bill would let voters reduce threshold for passing tax hikes

A bill working its way through the Oklahoma legislature would make it easier for representatives to pass sales tax increases for the state. (Source KSWO) A bill working its way through the Oklahoma legislature would make it easier for representatives to pass sales tax increases for the state. (Source KSWO)

By The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma voters would decide whether to make it easier for their Legislature to raise taxes under a bill that has cleared its first hurdle.

The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution asking voters to reduce the current threshold for passing a tax increase from a three-fourth's majority of the Legislature to a three-fifth's majority. The proposal would only apply to sales taxes.

The current three-fourth's majority requirement for tax increases proved to be a major stumbling block for lawmakers who wanted to approve tax hikes to fund a teacher raise and stabilize the budget.

The bill now moves to the full Senate.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed into a law a budget that that imposes across-the-board cuts to state agencies for the rest of the fiscal year.

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