The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 December 2002

Do we read his lips?

Governor-elect Brad Henry said yesterday that he will oppose a proposal to raise Oklahoma's state sales tax from 4.5 to 5.5 percent as a way to fill the estimated $700 million shortfall in the state's budget.

This is perhaps a tad less courageous than it looks: almost every county in the state levies an additional sales tax, as do most municipalities. Add it all up and you're paying a stiff 8.375 percent in Oklahoma City, which isn't even the highest in the state. It's not likely that Henry would want to start his term by pushing some Oklahoma towns perilously close to ten percent, especially if there's some joker around to point out that the sales tax in New York City is a mere 8.25 percent.

But still: a Democrat who disdains raising taxes. How often do you get to hear that?

Posted at 12:04 AM to Soonerland

I wonder where he thinks the money is going to come from. The state lottery is an interesting idea but there's only a slim chance that these rabid bible belters would ever vote one in, and if there is a chance it's years away. The state needs money now.

Posted by: Lynn at 10:36 AM on 7 December 2002

It's not going to be easy, but the state will balance its budget; under the state constitution, it has no choice. I think there will eventually be some sort of tax increase, but not this tax increase.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:45 PM on 7 December 2002

It'll never happen, but when I have to balance -my- budget, I decrease spending. Must be too simple an idea.

Posted by: Steve at 9:38 PM on 7 December 2002