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Oklahoma Supreme Court voids tax challenge; fuel tax increase in effect June 27

Oklahoma Supreme Court voids tax challenge; fuel tax increase in effect June 27
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

As the state of Oklahoma prepares to increase fuel tax rates this week, the state’s highest court has decided on a petition effort to repeal the enacting law.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month on two challenges to a referendum petition to nix tax increases, which are slated to take effect on Wednesday, June 27.

The court handed down a decision that the petition will not appear on an election ballot. Justices said the wording of the petition is “misleading” and people who sign it will not know what they are voting on.

Tax rate increases cleared to take effect this week include an increase to the state’s current 17-cents-per-gallon gas tax and the 14-cent diesel tax rate. The tax rates have remained unchanged since 1987.

Approved via HB1010, the new law increases the state tax rate for gas and diesel by 3 cents and 6 cents respectively. Both tax rates will be set at 20 cents... FULL ARTICLE

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