League Fiscal Policy Update
When the LWVOK board of directors voted to approve updating—or restudying—its position on fiscal policy, it noted that this position hadn't been updated since the 1990's. Some policy issues, such as sales tax on internet purchases, reflect changes that the League's position didn't anticipate in earlier studies.
Setting the Scope, Timeline and Research Assignments for the Study
Karen Cárdenas, League of Women Voters of Oklahoma Program Chair (pictured left,) is heading up a team of volunteers including Deborah Langley (Bartlesville), Charity Marcus (Tulsa), Kara Joy McKee (Tulsa), Judy Reynolds (Norman), Alice Richardson (Stillwater) and Mandy Winton (Tulsa).
The LWVOK board approved the scope and timeline submitted for the study at its November meeting. Team members are researching the sections of the Oklahoma Constitution on state revenue, relevant statutes, looking at Oklahoma's taxes, fees, and its budgeting and appropriations process. Currently the team is reading up on how Oklahoma's policies compare to those set in other states.
"The great thing about working with this study is that I'm learning so much," said Sheila Swearingen, LWVOK president. "I think this study is going to be of interest to all members who want to see core government services such as public education well-funded, and, at the same time, want to know that our our tax dollars used wisely."
Read more about the study (including the scope and timeline) here.