Pat McGuigan and Alex Cameron on News9
On News9’s Capitol Report, Pat McGuigan reported on the impact of a one cent sales tax increase – one enacted in Arkansas in the early 1980s under then-Governor Bill Clinton. Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton pushed for the tax hike for education, saying it would improve schools, boost the economy and create jobs. Greg Kaza of the Arkansas Policy Foundation detailed results in a speech at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs: Schools did not improve, per capita income stayed flat, and taxes increased on the poor and middle class.
The City Sentinel and CapitolBeatOK editor told Cameron the start of convention delegate selection in both major parties finds Donald Trump ahead after the most recent Republican debate, with Ted Cruz making a strong challenge and Marco Rubio in third. As for the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton is like to Oklahoma voting on March 1. Nationally, however, Clinton has dropped from two-thirds support among Democrats in August to 48 percent now. U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont has surged from 15 percent to around 40 percent support now.