Oklahoma lawmakers' attitudes about bond issues need to change

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: December 21, 2012

That's amusing because in the same interview, Inman said his caucus will continue to bang the drum urging Gov. Mary Fallin to reverse her decision not to expand the state's Medicaid program. Yet there's certainly no pay-as-you-go dimension with Medicaid — expansion would simply require all-new spending, with no defined funding source. That's OK?

During the 2012 session, one House member suggested letting the people vote on whether they wanted to approve bond issues for the Capitol. This would have been a copout. Any such talk next year should be scuttled immediately. Instead, someone in the GOP needs to stand up and argue that the Capitol and medical examiner's office are priorities that must be addressed, and the best way to do so is with a bond issue. If need be, bring in a financial adviser to educate the group.

This week Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, said that although the idea of a bond issue for the Capitol of medical examiner might have some chance to succeed, “I think it's going to be very difficult to get any bond issue passed through the Legislature.” Somehow, mindsets like that need to change because as we have noted more than once, the state's infrastructure needs won't go away.

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