Former Oklahoma Senate leader: Five suggestions for state lawmakers

BY CAL HOBSON Published: November 18, 2012
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Avoid a protracted fight over whether to further cut the personal income tax by closing exemptions, credits and loopholes to pay for it. You won't eliminate enough of the tax credit giveaways to make a big difference in the income tax rate. Combined state and local taxes put Oklahoma in the bottom three states in the country. Why erode it further?

Ignore the extremists in both parties. There isn't a “left” left in Oklahoma to worry about. Conversely, ignore the extremists on the right who forced lawmakers and Gov. Mary Falllin to send back $54 million in federal tax money to fund a state health care exchange. Make it work for our 670,000 citizens without health insurance. Quit sending our federal tax dollars to other states!

Listen to smart people, starting with state Treasurer Ken Miller.

Hobson, of Lexington, spent 28 years in the Legislature and was Senate president pro tem from 2003 to 2005.