2012 legislative session failed to achieve tax relief

Published: July 9, 2012
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The 2012 legislative session was uneventful and disappointing. Nothing was accomplished concerning tax relief other than citizens getting to vote on State Question 758 on Nov. 6. The annual property tax increase is now limited to 5 percent and could be limited to 3 percent. State Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, said it quite well in “All taxpayers win with credit reforms” (Point of View, July 1): “ ... those same lobbyists who secured sweetheart deals for the beneficiaries of tax credits managed to kill most efforts to reform or repeal them during the 2012 session.”

I place the paramount blame on legislators and chambers of commerce. Tax credits aren't the only corporate welfare program disguised as “economic incentives.” The Quality Jobs program is good for the chosen companies that get a subsidy but it creates a hardship for other companies in the same business. They can't compete with government-subsidized corporations. It's a morally corrupt program like tax credits. Both programs should be repealed.

The speaker of the House, the president of the Senate and Gov. Mary Fallin are all Republicans. Republicans promised smaller government, income tax relief and education reform. Government didn't get any smaller, the personal income tax is still with us and education administration salaries are out of sight.

If legislators would approach tax relief with the same zeal they chase “economic incentives,” we'd all enjoy “economic results.”

V. Midge Sullivan, Oklahoma City