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Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
October 7, 2010
"Bad Idea" -- State Question 744
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Pres: Ernie Davis
VP: Jim Dolton
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Traci Conley

Directors (2010-2012):
Marilyn Hardacre
Beth Ann Langston
Anne Stribling

Directors (2009-2011):
Nichole Landrum
Ted Wright
Bill Johnston

Directors (2008-2010):
Christine Wilson
Kelly Hamlin
Stacy Brown

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Officer Travis Lindsey
Don Hutchinson
Phil Ostrander

Honorary Board Members:
Pam Polk (City Manager)
Stan Sallee (Mayor)
Terry Due (School Supt.)
John Smaligo (Tulsa Co. Comm.)
Earl Sears (Stare Representative)
Randy Brogdon (State Senator)

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Susan Harris represented the Tulsa & State Chamber of Commerces in presenting opposition to State Question 744 which would change the Oklahoma Constitution forcing an increase in K-12 school spending to match the average of surrounding states. The question was added to the November ballot by initiative petition (not by the Oklahoma Legislature). State Representative Earl Sears also attended the Collinsville Chamber meet Thursday and expressed his opposition to the proposal. Both started with the baseline of being major supporters of education but needing a better solution than this proposal which has no specific education reforms or accountability ... just increased spending and giving control of Oklahoma spending to other states.
* Could only be funded by tax increase or 10% cut in all other state agencies ... without a 10% increase in state income yearly just for this increase
* "Bad for Oklahoma" ... the "Wrong Solution"
* Cost estimated between $854 million to $1.7 billion
* No guarantee that any new spending would be spent on children, computers, books, classroom needs or teacher pay raises.

Susan Harris
(Tulsa Metro Chamber)
Vote No on SQ744
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