Leave it to our legislature to find a way to offer teachers a pay raise during a budget crisis. How did they do this? Simple! Fund it by raising taxes on lower income people and ensuring that teachers will actually lose money over time as health insurance costs rise. Perfect!
Legislation written for teacher raises as high as $10,000
House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Tuesday the salary increases could be funded by increasing the goods and services that are subject to sales and use taxes.
Just so you know…
This simply is not ok. Any attempt to cap teacher health benefits in the name of a raise is a farce. Please contact your representative (or four or five) and let them know you’re watching. Even though we can’t see what the bill they’ll be discussing, that doesn’t mean we have to be in the dark.
Proposed Teacher Raise Bill Would Cap Health Benefits
House Bill 3214 is meant to raise thousands of dollars for teachers based on years on the job. But while it sounds good on the outside, educators say they aren’t buying it.
President of the Oklahoma Education, Alicia Priest says,
“I believe that it is a misleading bill. It’s an attempt by the legislature to appease teachers and appear to be giving a raise when there’s no guarantee they’re not gonna back out on money next year,” said President of the Oklahoma Education Association, Alicia Priest.