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Oklahoma Question 744 impact discussed in Norman

Oklahoma Question 744 impact discussed in Norman

One Oklahoma Coalition holds press conference on SQ 744 Thursday in Norman, saying the question would hurt veterans and other state programs. Yes on 744 campaign says funding mandate is needed to improve public education.

Published: June 25, 2010

NORMAN — Michelle Sexton of the Norman Veterans Center says state facilities such as hers have a financial disadvantage against the private sector in attracting the best physicians and medical care workers, and the passage of State Question 744 would make the situation worse.

"Education is important, but please don't forget the veterans,” said Sexton, an administrative programs officer.

SQ 744, also called the Helping Oklahoma Public Education (HOPE) initiative, would require the Legislature to increase funding for public education to the regional average within three years.

Opponents of the plan say the mandate would force lawmakers to cut funding for other state-supported agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, by at least 20 percent... FULL ARTICLE


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