Oklahoma Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton warned us last week that the anti-public education national interests aren’t done with us yet. This week, he highlights how politicians at the Capitol are waiting to find out whether or not they’ll be challenged in the upcoming elections before making any tough policy decisions, despite the the dire situation many state agencies are facing.
Hamilton: Political courage, a yellow stripe and tough policy choices
So as rural hospitals and clinics close … as schools lay off teachers and shorten instructional weeks … as the state borrows money to fix the crumbling Capitol … as services for the poor and mentally ill evaporate … elected Republicans wait.
Hamilton continues by affirming House Minority leader Scott Inman’s statement yesterday that Democrats aren’t the ones holding up the process of solving Oklahoma’s problems.
In the House, for example, where the GOP currently owns a 70-31 advantage, majority leaders agreed not to seek a full House vote on any legislation if they didn’t have at least 51 Republican votes. They refused to forge a coalition with Democrats on key public policy measures, fearing GOP primary challenges from the uber right.
Perhaps the legislative leaders will listen. At least, they should if they want Oklahomans to vote them back into office.