Step Up Oklahoma vote to be left open until midnight
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
A revenue measure advocated by a nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders is being left open by the Oklahoma House in hopes to garner enough votes to pass.
HB 1033XX has not passed or failed yet. The final vote was 63 for, 35 against. The house needs 76 yeas in order for the bill to pass. The voting will close at midnight.
During voting, Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement via Twitter stating that there "is no bigger, better plan".
"A no vote is a vote against funding a teacher pay raise, a vote against funding our health and human services and protecting our most vulnerable citizens, a vote against putting our state on a stable path forward. A vote against a better Oklahoma." Fallin said in the statement.
The plan, created by Step Up Oklahoma, would raise an estimated $581 million in revenue by taxing cigarettes, tobacco, fuel, wind and increasing the gross production tax on wells to four percent for the first 36 months.
A second bill would give Oklahoma teachers a $5,000 raise. That bill is dependent on revenue raised in HB1033xx.
Hundreds of Oklahoma teachers rallied at the State Capitol in support of the plan Monday. The Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs announced a plan Monday that they say would not bring "heavy taxes" to working families and small businesses.