Someone needs to write a comic opera about this state’s legislature. There’s material every day they’re in session, and on most days that they aren’t.
Although this week’s tale is choice. Senate Bill 3, by Mike Mazzei (R-Tulsa), would have restored some tax credits for the aerospace industry. Tom Adelson (D-Tulsa), miffed that tax credits are even under discussion during a period when the state’s revenues are down, came up with a wonderfully passive-aggressive response: he tacked on an amendment to make tax credits irrelevant, by repealing the income-tax statute in its entirety. “I want to make sure Oklahomans have [the] ability to see all the benefits you promise with elimination of income tax,” he said.
Okay, fine, said the Republican majority, which duly passed the bill with Adelson’s amendment attached although at some point, the title of the bill was stricken, a legislative maneuver which requires that the Senate take at least one more vote, even if the House approves the measure. Minority Leader Andrew Rice (D-OKC) says it’s good as dead in its present form, and he’s probably right, but I really expect the state to send out 1099s for the amusement value alone.