TULSA - Election day is just two weeks from Tuesday, and the campaign trail is heating up.
One of the state questions you'll see on the ballot adds more money to education, but opponents say the state can't afford it.
Backed by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, opponents of State Question 744 hit the road for a campaign caravan on Monday.
They visited six cities. It was all to send one message: the state can't afford to pass it.
"We know that we're going to have to look at reform. I think one of the state superintendent candidates say right now we don't need to throw more money at education. We need reform first," said Mike Spradling, President of Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
The bill would increase per-pupil spending, decrease class size and fund technology.
It's something Tim Gilpin, a member of Oklahoma State Board of Education, says the Sooner state needs.
"Oklahoma is 49th in the country in what we spend on education, and we're dead last in the region, that's our surrounding states. So what's their plan? The problem is clear and obvious. There is no alternative being proposed," said Gilpin.
Still opponents fear that being required to pay a regional average could lead to cuts in services, tax hikes and cuts in tax incentives.
"All Oklahoma sales tax exemptions would have to be looked at, and our membership has said for years that our sales tax exemptions will be a priority that we protect," said Spradling.
But supporters say getting rid of frivolous tax credits alone would pay for 744. Plus, they say if we don't fix our state's education woes it will cost us all more in the long run.
"If we can just get a percentage, a small percentage, of our kids through these efforts not to drop out then we save hundreds of millions of dollars in things like drug treatment, prisons, welfare, DHS costs," said Gilpin.
Election day is November 2nd.
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