Yesterday was a major victory for the hardworking and overburdened taxpayer in Oklahoma. The Supreme Court rightly ruled that a tax masquerading as a fee violated the Oklahoma Constitution.
In the ruling, the court stated; “the people’s preference (is) that when revenues shrink, so too does their government.”
I want to make myself clear. Massive overspending does not equate to a massive budget shortfall; it is irresponsible governance. I will put a stop to the endless growth of an ever-more intrusive and costly government.
Government is not to be the caretaker of all things, and it is not supposed to take hard-earned taxpayer money and redistribute it to special interests or corporate benefactors. Many of our legislators stood against this unconstitutional act, but far too many did not. This was ultimately a failure of leadership, evidenced by some elected leaders not being surprised at the Court’s ruling.
Sadly, our government seems to have lost its way when it comes to understanding the proper role of government. As governor, I will get us back on track.