CCOSA Statement on HB 1019X
Nov 15, 2017

Dr. Pam Deering"Two months ago we entered the special session with optimism that the legislature would put aside partisan bickering and demonstrate vision for Oklahoma’s future by resolving the budget shortages we face today and creating a long-term financial plan for the future.

Instead, lawmakers have delivered more of the same. The budget plan approved by the House of Representatives today is a squandered opportunity to follow through on promises to Oklahoma voters to provide a long-overdue teacher pay raise and eliminate an overreliance on one-time money. Despite having the option of passing comprehensive revenue measures to responsibly balance the budget and shore up funding for valuable core services, lawmakers are turning once again to cash and cuts to fill the hole. While this plan mostly fills the massive shortfalls facing health and social services agencies, the lack of vision for the future will be felt across all areas of Oklahoma’s public services.

We’re thankful to the 108 legislators who courageously put aside partisan politics and voted for a grand bargain revenue measure. While there are no additional cuts to common education, this back-up plan leaves us right where we were at the end of the regular session, with no meaningful fix for the structural imbalance or teacher shortage in sight. We are doing a disservice to our children and our state by continuing to kick the can down the road. CCOSA members will continue to fight for a long-term funding solution for public education, including a teacher pay raise, and the restoration of funding to support our state’s most vulnerable citizens."

Dr. Pam Deering
CCOSA Executive Director