Slippery Three

Since 2015, annual taxes and other revenue taken from Oklahomans have increased by $1.1 billion. Oklahomans’ personal income taxes are up at least $185 million annually just since 2016.

Some important reforms passed this session, including enrollment audits and work requirements for Oklahoma’s expensive Medicaid program. Yet other programs proved just how slippery is the status quo when it comes to avoiding commonsense cost savings.

Oklahoma’s film industry handout is one example. The program is an actual welfare payment to cover costs for a favored business. Some of these films are never released. Others paint Oklahoma in a bad light. Perhaps the most prominent subsidized film, August: Osage County, was made by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Because of this program, Oklahomans gave Weinstein’s company $4.6 million.

 

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