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Opinion

April 19, 2014

Local control or not?

NORMAN — Oklahoma lawmakers are a fickle bunch when it comes to issues of local control. Sometimes they want it and other times they do not.

A bill that would allow cities and counties to set a minimum wage was quickly shelved by the legislature earlier this month. Proponents billed it as a way to allow communities to make their own decisions, something lawmakers have pushed in the past.

Now, HJR 1092, sponsored by state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, is losing support. Like the minimum wage bill, it lets school districts decide whether they want to increase their bonding capacity to build shelters. It doesn’t raise taxes, it merely gives district voters the ability to raise them.

A competing measure pushed by a gubernatorial candidate pushes a statewide bond issue to pay for shelters in all schools.

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