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Math problem: Projected costs rising for SQ 744 (EDITORIAL)

Math problem: Projected costs rising for SQ 744 (EDITORIAL)

Before voters head to the polls in November to decide a school funding measure, it might be nice to know how much its passage will cost taxpayers. The answer isn't easy to find these days.

NewsOK
THE OKLAHOMAN EDITORIAL
Published: June 22, 2010

Before voters head to the polls in November to decide a school funding measure, it might be nice to know how much its passage will cost taxpayers. The answer isn't easy to find these days.

Early estimates from the Oklahoma Education Association, which led the drive to put State Question 744 on the ballot, put the measure's annual cost at about $850 million after a three-year phase-in. But as Oklahomans for Responsible Government noted recently, that figure is no longer touted on the website promoting the question's passage.

The closest the site gets to a cost figure is a statement that state revenue growth "will generate more than $1.5 billion” before the measure would take full effect, leaving more than $600 million more in funding for other agencies. That seems to put the number at closer to $900 million in addition to what common education already receives... FULL ARTICLE

 

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