Even if the court upholds the revenues, he told reporter Alex Cameron, the Legislature faces tough decisions because they sustained the bad habit of using one-time revenues to pay for recurring expenses. If Republicans want to enact a conservative plan, they have models for balanced budgets that would still allow pay increases for teachers. If they want to increase taxes, they should construct honest super-majorities, McGuigan said. In either case – citing former President Ronald Reagan and former Governor Frank Keating as models – the GOP needs to include Democrats in negotiations over revenues.
Turning to the August 8 primary in Senate District 45, the CapitolBeatOK editor encouraged Democrats to make a positive choice. McGuigan noted that one candidate in the south city-area race pled guilty to domestic abuse in the presence of a child, and that seems disqualifying.
A second Democrat, Steven Vincent, has worked with the police department and would allow voters a positive choice in November. On the Republican side, with seven candidates, McGuigan encouraged primary voters to select a strong nominee from the conservative field. Under special election rules, there will be no runoff – whoever runs first on Tuesday will be the nominee for the November 14 general election.