|Mary's Little Lamb supported these illegal bills -|
Fallin and Legislative Leadership Looking
Pretty Stupid Right About Now
Not that they care as paying back the donor class is always first on their mind but Governor Fallin and House and Senate leadership is looking pretty darned stupid after the stinging defeat at the Supreme Court on SB 845, the cigarette tax passed in the waning days of the 2007 legislative session. This ruling leaves a two hundred million dollar hole in the 2018 budget and will likely mean a special session short of miraculous improvement in tax income in the next few weeks. We are talking $30,000 a day in direct costs of running a special session and it would require the session last more than one week due to the Constitutional prohibition on passing revenue raising bills in the final five days of a session. Worse, the agenda will be set by Governor Fallin, the lame duck RINO herself. Not many people are going to expect her to call for cutting government waste or useless commissions or departments, all that tramp knows is raising taxes and raising fees.
At issue in these cases is if the Oklahoma citizenry has the power to dictate what the legislature can and cannot do. SQ 640 passed in 1992 hobbled the legislature and demanded a ¾ majority to pass revenue raising bills or a vote of the people. The Supreme court has ruled that it is not to parse the language as lawyers but to read the Constitution as a lay person would as it is a strict instruction to Oklahoma Government as to the will of the people. At issue is over ten billion dollars in new taxes that can be passed by a 51% vote of the legislature.