The Norman Transcript

November 7, 2013

Ballot language circus


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Backers of a statewide initiative petition to put a school shelter bond issue on the ballot next year are less than halfway toward their goal of 155,216 signatures.

The recent dustup over the ballot language may bring more attention to the drive and potentially more signatures.

Organizers — including the parents of some Moore schoolchildren who died in the May 20 tornado — claim the state’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt is trying to sabotage the issue because of the funding source.

Supporters want to earmark the state’s franchise tax to pay back an estimated $500 million in bonds.

According to an Associated Press account, the petition drive organizers claim the state chamber of commerce pressured Mr. Pruitt to change the ballot language because chamber members want the franchise tax eliminated.

A statewide bond issue may not be the best way to put shelters in public schools. Individual districts, with financial incentives from the state, are in better positions to determine their needs.

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