Oil and gas group challenge petition to increase teacher pay

A proposed state question that will attempt to raise teachers’ salary by $4,000 has been challenged by an Oklahoma oil and gas group. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum went to the Oklahoma Supreme Court challenging State Question 795. The association is trying to argue that State Question 795 is unconstitutional because it addresses several subjects and is unclear and the language used in the petition is biased. The filing says, “A pay raise for Oklahoma teachers is popular,” but the state question “is constitutionally deficient because it logrolls other distinct subjects into the proposed constitutional amendment, including a gross production tax increase and changes to the separation of powers”. If State Question 795 is passed the rate on new wells will raise from 2% to 7%.



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