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May 23, 2014

Fallin’s school shelter program narrowly survives

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“The reason you need to defeat this is because you know it doesn’t protect children,” said House Minority Leader Scott Inman. “This won’t put one storm shelter in one classroom.”

Critics also said the measure would lead to a massive property tax hike.

In a statement, Fallin said the initiative failed initially because “of a politically motivated and intentionally misleading smear campaign.”

She said the bill will not raise taxes, noting that communities will only increase their borrowing if they vote to do so. “It is a local control measure that supports decisions made by local communities,” she said.

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