Ugh. That sounds exactly like one of the astroturf-pushed ballot propositions in California that’s given the initiative a bad name there. Voters defeated it the first time, but it came back, and came back, and finally prevailed by exhausting the opposition.
One of the campaigns in favor of the monstrosity had some kid saying it required a “minimum” level of funding for education. “Minimum. That’s not so much.” I’ve never favored the death penalty for a child, with that single exception.
Now the Fugue State’s finances are in such bad shape that Wiemar Germany is making fun of the place.
Why even bother with the legislature and the governor? The schools just need to sue the State so a judge can force the government to cough up the additional dough. Or, at least, that’s how it’s done here in Kansas.
If OK wants to pass this and try to compare themselves to the neighbors, they may want to take a look at what happened in neighboring Colorado. Amendment 23 passed in 2000, was designed to boost education spending to national medians by witholding percentages of TABOR refunds. The Colorado state budget has had problems ever since, and the big victims (ha!) are the University of Colorado and the other state colleges that saw upwards of 60% of state funding cut in the ensuing 9 years.