We at OEJ believe Rep. Ben Loring, D-Miami, deserves a standing ovation for his explanation, linked below, of what a legislator’s job is, and how that involves actually supporting public education. Click the link below for a breath of fresh air.
If we, the Legislature, were to actually follow the mandates of the Oklahoma Constitution, we would not have this current financial crisis that is hurting all Oklahomans. Article X, Sections 2 and 3 clearly state that it is the legislature’s duty is to determine the needs of the people and then adjust our income (taxes) to adequately address them. We do the exact opposite; we determine how much income we have and then from that we determine what of our needs we can afford to cover, which generally translates into nothing being adequately funded.