Budget Hole Fillers
House and Senate leadership has been so poor this session that they have been unable to secure a budget deal during the session time frame where a tax increase or new tax could be passed and that is actually a good thing because they will be forced to start cutting agency budgets and bringing state government down to the size the state can afford.
But here are some ideas that could be passed in the remaining week without a special session.
Transfer Bail Bond forfeitures to the state treasury
This would generate between 30 and 50 million dollars per year and the bail bondsmen would support this. And if you want to double or triple that income start forcing the judges to follow existing law on who can get out on an OR bond (Own Recognizance). It is state laws that are being broken, not county laws and as the state must pay the cost of prosecution why are bond forfeitures going into County coffers? Counties are releasing people without bail bond because it lowers the jail population but it also keeps more criminals on the street and on OR bonds they remain free until they happen to run into a cop during a traffic stop. Oklahoma County alone has over 600,000 outstanding warrants because of OR bonds.