Critics of a flat tax may take issue with the fact that state government would no longer be subsidizing certain industries or well-connected interests. I would contend this is possibly the best argument in favor of a flat tax. The Legislature should be focused on creating a business climate that encourages competition. We can do so by simplifying the tax code, cutting the income tax and removing regulatory burdens.
And if it's really so important for state government to subsidize these interests, why doesn't the Legislature just appropriate these funds to them directly, in a manner that's transparent and easily understood by taxpayers? Instead, the state continues to hide these giveaways in the tax code. A 2.95 percent flat tax is fair, simple and revenue neutral. Seven other states already have a flat tax. It's time for Oklahoma to join them.
Anderson, R-Enid, represents District 19 in the Oklahoma Senate. His flat tax bill did not receive a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee this session.