The Oklahoma Legislature has reached an impasse on the so-called sin industries of gambling and cigarettes.
Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman wants to expand gaming, but his constituents that are republican he should put that concept in his pipe and smoke it.
Both the Oklahoma Senate and House are managed by the GOP, but that’sn’t stopping the minority celebration from blocking a smoke tax increase proposed by House Republicans.
Democrats in the lower chamber are doing this in order to give their side leverage in ongoing budget negotiations, and their desires to expand gambling and allow casinos that are tribal offer roulette and dice games.
Oklahoma lawmakers are researching to close an $878 million funding gap. While Republicans can pass the budget of the choosing, they need a vote that is three-fourths raise smoke fees, as well as the 26 Democrats within the 101-member House aren’t budging.
‘We’ve said all along that the cigarette taxation is really a Band-Aid for a bullet opening,’ Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-District 94) told the Associated Press. ‘You’ve got to have additional revenue.’
This the House and Senate budget committees recommended a $1.50 per cigarette pack tax increase week. To really make the budget whole with only that tariff hike, Oklahomans would roughly need to purchase 585.3 million packs of smokes.
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