The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 September 2005

The Oklahoman on 723

They're not exactly enthusiastic, but they're endorsing it:

We're not fond of tax increases. However, we see State Question 723 as a fair and reasonable way to deal with an issue that needs attention now.

They don't say so anywhere, but the entire editorial, to me anyway, seems to be a shrug and a tossed-off "Well, if this is the best we can do...."

What I fear is the possibility that maybe this is the best we can do. But the likelihood that it's going to pass while there's a big 3 up on the price board — or worse, a 4 — is, I suspect, next to nil.

Small socially-redeeming value: the people who use the most gas would pay the most tax, which seems at least somewhat fair, and the tax increases would not push us beyond the regional averages.

I think I could support this thing if it had an actual expiration date on it. But it doesn't, and there's no way they're going to let go of this revenue even if they actually get all the billions of bucks worth of backlog completed.

Posted at 9:40 PM to Soonerland

The issue, as I understand it from the proponents own advertising, is that we should have had the money to perform the necessary upkeep. The reason we don’t is that the state legislature appropriated the money to “other areas”.

In essence, they’re saying that we should pay more taxes, because our elected officials didn’t do their jobs properly with the initial taxes.

Personally, I’d like to see the legislature have the balls to actually do their freakin' jobs!

Posted by: Mel at 1:12 AM on 5 September 2005

Or at least get a proper earmark in place for the funds raised by the original gas tax.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:16 AM on 5 September 2005

Evidently, we don't really need the original gas tax that much. State leaders from both parties would like to suspend it.

Posted by: MikeH at 10:02 AM on 5 September 2005

Yeah, but that's a gimmick, like the "sales-tax holidays" that crop up from time to time; it doesn't mean a thing in the grand scheme of things, except to give a politician something to brag about in his C.V.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:32 AM on 5 September 2005

[i]except to give a politician something to brag about in his C.V.[/i]

Most of 'em are such screw-ups that the only bragging that ever gets done in their behalf is if they do it themselves....

Posted by: unimpressed at 1:25 PM on 6 September 2005