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.