Bill to fund teacher pay raises will stand, state Supreme Court rules

Signs held during the Oklahoma teacher walkout 2018. Photo provided.

A referendum petition seeking to repeal tax hikes used to fund teacher raises is invalid, the Oklahoma Supreme Court said in a ruling issued Friday, reports the Tulsa World.

Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite sought to ask voters to repeal House Bill 1010xx, which hiked taxes on cigarettes, little cigars, fuel and gross production.

“Upon review, we hold that the petition is legally insufficient and invalid,” the court opinion said.

It ordered the State Question 799 stricken from the ballot.

The Gayly. June 22, 2018. 10:38 a.m. CST.