Statement by Senator Stratton Taylor,
Senate President Pro Tempore
"This isn't a compromise. It's the exact same proposal that they've been pushing all session long. They've dressed it up in slightly different clothing this time, but it still guts funding for education and road construction without doing a single thing to reform the excise tax on car purchases. They may not mind draining money out of public school classrooms or stalling road improvements, but I don't think there is any public support for those ideas."
"This is just a desperate public relations effort designed to cloud the fact that House Republicans and Governor Keating voted to kill a tag reduction bill that would have saved motorists millions of dollars. Their spin doctors are working overtime to make Oklahomans forget that they're the ones responsible for axing tag reform, but I don't think the public is going to buy it."
"They shouldn't have been, but maybe they were taken by surprise when Governor Keating indicated that majority of the calls to his office were in favor of the tag bill. It took them a long time, but I think the House Republicans are finally figuring out that they're on the wrong side of the tag reform issue."