Fellow Republicans,

Our June 11 meeting will be open to the public.  Mark Carnuccio, of the OCPA (Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs), will be the speaker.  The OCPA is a free-enterprise think-tank.  His topic will concern the phasing out of the Oklahoma income tax.  If you want information or have questions, you’ll want to attend this meeting.

The meeting will be held June 11th, in the AMC Building, 100N Water Ave. at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone is invited.

I’ve including the latest posting from the OCPA website.

Gary Gore,

CCRP Chairmain

Webmaster Note: Here is link to their website, HERE

OCPA: Plain and simple, it’s the spending

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 23, 2012) – The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, the state’s premier free-market think tank, expressed concern today that Oklahoma state policymakers have been unwilling to make reductions in wasteful or inefficient areas of state spending.“While working Oklahoma families still struggle to make ends meet, state lawmakers are planning to use nearly every bit of excess revenue from the state’s growing economy to maintain spending in nonessential areas of state government like rodeos and golf courses and aquariums, even increasing spending in many instances,” said Michael Carnuccio, OCPA president.“Plain and simple, it’s the spending. Until our state policymakers show an earnest and resolute desire to cut out any and all unnecessary spending of taxpayer dollars and let Oklahomans keep more of the fruits of their labor, we will continue to limit our state’s ability to attract jobs and capital.”As of today, the budget agreement announced by legislative leaders and the Governor’s office will increase appropriated spending in the next fiscal year by roughly $300 million.At the same time, lawmakers are considering approving a package of $535 million worth of new bond projects.

“Our elected officials have pledged time and again that they want to take the state in the opposite direction from that which the Obama White House is taking our nation,” Carnuccio said. “Yet they are on the verge of increasing overall state spending once again. And they are preparing to potentially increase state taxpayers’ future indebtedness by over half a billion dollars.”

OCPA researchers have outlined hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful, inefficient or nonessential expenditures throughout state government, that, if eliminated or streamlined, would have no negative impact on core services, such as education, transportation, public safety, or the safety net for the truly less fortunate.

Earlier this week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law an income tax reduction that would reduce the top marginal tax rate in that state by over a full percentage point in one year.

Brandon Dutcher, OCPA’s vice president for policy, said Oklahoma policymakers have been unable to achieve such sweeping change here because of a lack of willingness to trim unnecessary spending.

“In Kansas, they have made it clear they are more interested in letting hardworking citizens and job creators keep more of the fruits of their labor than they are in keeping state spending at current levels,” Dutcher said.

When asked, Gov. Brownback’s budget director said, ‘It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re willing to cut spending.’ That mindset is what has allowed Kansas to take a dramatic leap forward toward becoming one of the best states in America for economic growth.”

Carnuccio added, “State policymakers across America are waking up to the fact that, if they want to be the premier destinations for business growth and job creation, they have to lower their tax burdens and make their regulatory environments friendlier.

“In Oklahoma, that means responsible tax cuts, focusing spending on priorities only, and taking our state’s workers’ compensation system out of the hands of the trial bar.”

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OCPA’s mission is to accumulate, evaluate and disseminate public policy ideas and information for Oklahoma, consistent with the principles of free enterprise, limited government and individual initiative.

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