House Bill 1010
20 YEARS OF REVENUES • Personal income tax: $3.37 billion
• Corporate income tax: $728.45 million
• Sales tax: $2.89 billion
• Use tax: $206.36 million
• Other voter approved contributions (tribal gaming, tobacco, horse track, license tags, estate and gas taxes): $5.14 million
• Total: $7.7 billion
• Oklahoma: $23,070
• U.S.: $31,367 2009
• Oklahoma: $43,846
• U.S.: $54,319 Average per-pupil expenditure: 1990
• Oklahoma: $3,202
• U.S.: $4,604 2009
• Oklahoma: $8,006
• U.S.: $10,190
• April: School districts throughout the state hold "fire drills” simultaneously, having teachers walk out in support of better funding.
• May: Gov. Henry Bellmon creates Task Force 2000 to study educational reform.
• July: Bellmon calls a special session to deal with "an emergency” in education funding.
• August: Special session convenes defeating 96-1 Bellmon’s initial proposal of a $292 million surcharge on state income tax and the elimination of property tax.
• September: George Singer and Task Force 2000 begin their study of education reform.
• November: Singer’s recommendations are incorporated into a tax increase and reform bill when a second special session meets. 1990
• February: The House approves a $230 million tax increase known as House Bill 1017.
• April 11: The Senate passes the bill but is five votes shy of an emergency clause which would make the bill take effect immediately, creating a hurdle for repeal efforts that were sure to come.
• April 16: Thousands of teachers walk out of their classrooms for a five day rally at the Capitol.
• April 19: The emergency clause passes the Senate, forcing any referendum repeal attempt to be worded in a negative manner. 1991
• October: Voters defeat a referendum to repeal House Bill 1017 with 428,204 people voting to keep the tax increase and 361,293 people voting to repeal the bill. 1992 March: Voters approve State Question 640 requires a statewide vote on any tax increase that fails to receive a super-majority in both the House and Senate.