Welcome to the 2018 Oklahoma Legislature, where we are tackling not only the second half of the regular session, but also reconvening the second special session that began in December. This unusual duality is a product of the failed legislative efforts to balance the state budget in 2017. Just how far off plumb we are seems to be a moving target, but the Senate Appropriations Chair estimated this week that $240 million in new revenue would be needed.
We began to get our feet wet at the state capitol last year, but as Johnny Cash would say, it's five feet high and rising now in 2018. On Sunday, the Tulsa World's editorial writers published a direct plea to the Oklahoma electorate and laid out an excellent road map of the issues. You can check that out