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Oklahoma AG again favors tax hike repeal effort

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Posted at 10:39 AM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 11:39:46-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma attorney general's office has sided again with a group trying to repeal recently approved tax hikes meant to fund teacher pay raises.

The Oklahoman reports the office on Tuesday said the wording of the group's referendum petition for a statewide vote is clear enough.

But state attorneys also said the state Supreme Court should clarify whether the tax bill referendum would affect a separate teacher pay raise bill.

The Supreme Court asked the office for its opinions on two challenges education groups filed against a petition being circulated by Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite!, an anti-tax group. Tuesday's opinion responds to the second challenge. The office also sided with the group last week regarding the first challenge, saying referendum petitions should get broad protections in court.

Oral arguments for both challenges are scheduled for June 11.

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