Legislators Have Put Us in This Fiscal Crisis
Pres. Alicia Priest's Statement on the Revenue Failure Press Conference
“It’s extremely disappointing that our legislative leaders, the very people who created the fiscal crisis we’re in, are blaming everyone but themselves. The decisions they’ve made to cut taxes year after year and to make little or no effort to reform corporate tax exemptions are why our revenue is down nearly $2 billion over the last three years.
“Any funding increases education has received over the last few years has been more than offset by an increase of 40,000 new students moving into the state.
“Paid individual health insurance and an adequate retirement are benefits that make the teaching profession economically feasible. To lose health insurance will further exacerbate the teacher shortage crisis, which has increased class sizes across the state. The real victims are Oklahoma’s students.”
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