The Oklahoma Legislature has reached an impasse over the so-called sin industries of gambling and cigarettes.
Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman wants to expand video gaming, but his constituents that are republican he should put that concept in his pipe and smoke it.
Both the Oklahoma Senate and House are controlled by the GOP, but that’sn’t stopping the minority celebration from blocking a tobacco cigarette tax increase proposed by House Republicans.
Democrats within the lower chamber are doing this in order to give their side leverage in ongoing spending plan negotiations, and their desires to expand gambling and allow casinos that are tribal offer roulette and dice games.
Oklahoma lawmakers are looking for ways to close an $878 million money gap. While Republicans can pass the budget of these choosing, they require a vote that is three-fourths raise smoke fees, and the 26 Democrats in the 101-member House aren’t budging.
‘We’ve said all along that the cigarette taxation is a Band-Aid for a bullet opening,’ Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-District 94) told the Associated Press. ‘You’ve got to have additional revenue.’
This the House and Senate budget committees recommended a $1.50 per cigarette pack tax increase week. To help make the budget whole with only that tariff hike, Oklahomans would roughly need to purchase 585.3 million packs of smokes.