On a 21-to-5 vote, a state house committee approves the first of the 'Step Up Oklahoma' tax increases. Tulsa Democrat Eric Proctor was one of the no votes. He says we should correct past mistakes before passing the package. He blames the state's fiscal condition on earlier approved income tax cuts and gross production incentives.
The measure would increase the price of cigarettes by a $1.5o per package. The motor fuel tax would be increased by six cent per gallon. The state's gross production tax would increase to four-percent. The measure now moves to the full house for consideration.
Step Up Oklahoma was crafted by the business community to address state issues.