31 August 2006
TABOR is dead
A month ago, I said something to the effect that TABOR was going down:
Proponents of the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights collected 299,029 signatures; Oklahoma Supreme Court referee Greg Albert says the verified count is 218,223, just slightly shy of the constitutional specification (219,564) for going onto the ballot as a State Question. It is, of course, standard practice to get as many signatures as possible, with the expectation that some of them will be invalidated, but having more than twenty percent of them scratched indicates, at the very least, sloppy work. Of the 80,806 signatures invalidated, 56,940 were collected by persons legally unqualified to accept them.
And now it's official:
A unanimous Oklahoma Supreme Court threw out today the taxpayer bill of rights petition aimed at limiting state government spending, saying it lacked sufficient valid signatures for a statewide vote.
TABOR proponent Senator Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso) said he wasn't giving up on the idea. Perhaps he might be interested in this one:
Considering it was out-of-staters that messed things up in the first place, maybe Brogdon should start a petition drive to ban the gathering of signatures by paid out-of-state petitioners to begin with.
I'll sign that just as soon as I see some I.D.
Update, 1 September: The Oklahoman gave half the front page to the TABOR story today, and noted in their lead editorial that they had opposed the measure as written, citing the need to spend more on infrastructure and education and such to catch up to the rest of the country.