Former Governor David Boren and a grassroots group of Oklahomans delivered more than enough signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to ensure that our state’s citizens will be able to vote on the penny sales tax initiative in November.
Boren-Led Group Delivers Thousands Of Signatures Supporting Education Sales Tax
State Question 779 will raise about $615 million for $5,000 teacher pay raises, among other education initiatives. University of Oklahoma president David Boren has been leading the charge for the penny sales tax. The grassroots effort Oklahoma’s Children – Our Future had 90 days to get 124,000 petition signatures to get the question on the November ballot. They delivered 300,000 to Secretary of State Chris Benge’s office Thursday – more than a month before the deadline.
Record number ink names on education sales tax plan
Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative that seeks voter approval to hike sales taxes to raise new money for education said Thursday a record number of Oklahomans have signed onto the measure.
Signed, sealed, delivered — and headed to November’s ballot
A teacher from Ponca City. A parent from Blanchard. An administrator from Norman.
Dozens carried boxes packed with signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.
Supporters of sales tax increase to aid education deliver signatures to state
With a $1.3 billion budget hole and the largest cuts in the nation since 2008, the only way forward is a comprehensive solution,” said Amber England, executive director of Stand for Children Oklahoma. “We’re excited and energized by the number of signatures we’re turning in today. Oklahomans are with us and are ready to step up and solve this issue.”
David Boren: ‘What we’re doing to our children is a sin’
I think private citizens are very frustrated and alarmed by the destruction of public education in the state,” Boren told NonDoc afterward, flanked by supporters Gene Rainbolt, Bart Conner and Melvin Moran. “That’s not the Oklahoma way. That’s not the Oklahoma standard.”
Signatures for Oklahoma education sales tax plan delivered
We’ve made history today, and in November we’re going to make another chapter in the history book of Oklahoma when we pass State Question 779,” Boren said to a roar of applause. “Oklahomans will not stand on the sidelines while our system of public education is literally being destroyed in this state. We’re not going to take it any longer.”