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Coalition to oppose Oklahoma education initiative

Coalition to oppose Oklahoma education initiative

Posted: Jun 24, 2010 6:48 PM Thursday, Associated Press

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- A coalition of business and labor groups said Thursday there will be dire consequences for state employees and services if a ballot initiative to dramatically increase spending on public education passes this fall.

Members of the One Oklahoma Coalition, comprised of chambers of commerce, the state workers union and other groups, said they support public education. But they said the initiative petition, State Question 744, would force lawmakers to spend more on public schools while cutting funding for other state agencies.

"It ties the hands of lawmakers," Jeff Wilson, campaign manager for the coalition, said outside the Norman Veterans Center, one of seven residential care centers statewide for military veterans that petition opponents said would face severe funding cuts if the measure passes.

"This is a bad piece of public policy," Wilson said. "It's an ugly way to make things happen." FULL ARTICLE


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