OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Lawmakers are searching for a solution that appeals to a wide range of Oklahomans.
This follows a statement by the Oklahoma Education Association last week, saying the walkout will not end unless the house repeals the exemption for capitol gains.
"It is devastating to rural Oklahoma. They said they would repeal the agriculture portions of it. But if you're in a state like Oklahoma that's about all that's left," Representative Todd Russ said.
Democrats have also suggested restoring the income tax back to 5.25%.
But many Republicans said they're committed to finding waste in spending, rather than raising taxes.
"What's the number? The thought that we could get higher means you're asking me to continue to raise taxes on the people in Oklahoma. I'm getting clobbered for the taxes that we've raised," Russ said.
"We're just strongly standing by the ask. That is more money for our classrooms. As far as how that gets done obviously that's up to lawmakers and we're going to continue to have conversations with them about we feel the best path forward is," Bixby North Intermediate teacher Jessica Jernegan said.
A variety of bills affecting the wind industry are expected to be introduced this week. This ranges from tax exemptions and capping to GPT.
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