Okla. bill aims to clarify funding sources

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

ARDMORE, OK – Oklahoma State Question 744, which sought to raise Oklahoma’s teachers’ salaries to match the national average, failed when legislators didn’t specify where the money to fund it would come from.

District 48 State Representative Pat Ownbey is proposing House Bill 1225, which would require identifying a funding source. Those submitting the petition would have to include a statement outlining all sources of funding to be used in the measure.

Ownbey says voters need to know what programs they will have to sacrifice to make room for the additional spending.

"What this does, it says if you're going to put an initiative petition on the ballot, you have to identify the funding source. If there is no funding source, you cannot put the initiative petition on the ballot," Rep. Ownbey says.

Ownbey says State Questions like 744 are an attempt to trick voters, and that's why he proposed the new bill.

"Everyone supports education. At face value, that was all the state question was asking. In reality though, it was setting up the potential to bankrupt other state services. I think it was written in a way that was highly inappropriate. That is why I am pushing for this legislation."


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  • by Willie on Jan 21, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    Thanks for proving my point Bill. Your inability to construct a sentence using proper punctuation and capitalization, along with your ignorant put down of teachers, speaks volumes about your intelligence level. It's always fun to watch the far right kooks make themselves look like fools every time they try to speak. Like I said. Educated folks don't fall for the lies & ignorance of the Republican propaganda machine. The more educated our kids become, the less chance of Republicans being voted into office in the future.
  • by Warren Location: Texas on Jan 21, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Bill- Your comment is the most "backwoods" thing I have seen on here. Since you see facts on the board you have to show your true IGNORANCE and speak. Then you throw in the Unions, really, this is about a bill that did not promise raises EVER, and had no FUNDING in it if it was passed. I vote republican alot but what Willie said is the TOTAL TRUTH about how most, I said MOST, not all, REPUBLICANS think about Public Education. The biggest Problem that teachers have are people like you, who I will assume, got a diploma, probably shouldnt have, but by law were told "hey Bill needs to graduate and get on out of here because he is a punk." You stay a punk all your life and badmouth your school when it was you that was the problem all along, and the schools CANT LEAVE ANY CHILD BEHIND NOW!
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd-W on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Some of these "Teachers" were too busy having sex with their students to worry about voting,and you want to give them a raise?,the biggest problem the teachers have is their union, and people like backwoods Willie.
  • by Henry Location: Texas on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    No kidding John Q. However, they make a bill send it and vote on it and they expect the school districts to pick up the tab with no funding from the bill. Happens all the time. They want schools to pay for themselves. Schools have a budget for the year, however when a policy is mandated by the governemnt for the schools to follow it will cost more money to pay for it. Legislatures forget to say who is going to pay. What could be more clear than that???
  • by Teacher Location: Oklahoma on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Correct me if I am wrong, but SQ744 did not specifically legislate an increased teacher salary scale. There was no gurantee that teachers would see any kind of a permanent raise. This is why many teachers did not vote in favor of SQ 744.
  • by John Q Location: Texas on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    The funds have to come from the taxpayers.....What could be more clear than that?????
  • by Willie Location: skool on Jan 20, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Republicans are anti-education, because smart people won't vote for them. It's easier for an educated person to tell when someone is lying to them.
  • by Jim Location: Sherman on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    The problem with just about every education proposal the governments dont want to fund the program. They want the program but not fund it. Look at NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. A national program everybody had to follow but was not funded at all.
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