Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

How to Raise Taxes in a Red State

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma City's Boathouse District is the cornerstone of a revitalized urban core, much of which was built on public works infrastructure paid for by successive tax increases.

On Nov. 6, Tulsa County voters will go to the polls and decide whether they should extend a sales tax increase.

The Vision2 measure is inspired by the success its inner-state rival, Oklahoma City, has had with MAPS, a series of tax increases that paid for public works projects, school improvements and arena upgrades to lure an NBA team away from Seattle.

Some of the supporters are business leaders and Republican policymakers, who usually want lower taxes at the state level. So why is taxing and spending working at the local level?

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  • Wait a second I know what’s going on…….consumption taxes. The only way the rich will approve a tax increase is when it fucks the poor more than them selves. Consumption taxes, ie sales tax, is a tax on the poor. Because the 8.25% we pay on every dollar here in Texas does not stop the rich man from buying a BMW. But it stops the poor man from buying bread and milk.

    • You obviously don’t know what’s going on. These temporary taxes are ear-marked for specific public works projects before they are even voted on. They are managed not by politicians, but buy citizens advisory boards.

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