Opponents of SQ 744 fear budget cuts

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) - Opponents of a state question that
would boost education funding are meeting outside the state's
maximum-security juvenile lockup in Sand Springs to highlight what
they say would be devastating budget cuts to state services.

Tuesday's announcement is being held outside the L.E. Rader
Center.

The question on the November ballot - State Question 744 - would
amend the state constitution to require Oklahoma within three years
to meet the regional average of per-student spending in surrounding
states.

The One Oklahoma Coalition says the proposal would lead to tax
increases or to massive cuts to other state services.

A recent report by the nonpartisan Oklahoma Policy Institute
estimates the plan would cost the state $1.7 billion over three
years.


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