Oklahoma: In the Future, Rethink the Past


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With the fall elections a scant two months away, it's never too early to think about the harsh realities and difficult choices that state lawmakers will face once they are sworn in.

As two new fact sheets from the Oklahoma Policy Institute suggest, top on the agenda of Sooner State legislators should be the reconsideration of some of the tax cuts enacted between 2004 and 2006. For instance, reductions in the top personal income tax rate put in place over the past several years have delivered an average tax cut in excess of $11,000 per year for the richest 1 percent of Oklahomans, yet have helped to suppress income tax collections to the point where they have grown by less than half a percentage point each year over the last two fiscal years. As OK Policy observes, those tax dollars, rather than flowing back to the wealthy few, could be devoted to critical public purposes, such as "addressing critical staffing shortages in [Oklahoma's] child welfare and correctional systems."

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