NORMAN — Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, recently visited area schools to discuss a number of issues with administrators, including education funding. The senator is a supporter of increasing funding for Oklahoma schools and has been working to build a consensus on the issue among freshmen in the state legislature.
Standridge is co-author of a proposal that would enable the legislature to dramatically increase education funding this year. SB 585 would modestly decrease the top income tax rate but would also eliminate 30 special-interest tax breaks, while preserving most tax credits for low-income Oklahomans and seniors.
Standridge believes the end result would save Oklahoma taxpayers an average of $153 a year, while enabling an education funding increase of $75 million to $100 million this year.
SB 585 was approved by the full Senate this week and will soon be considered by the House of Representatives.