Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Brogdon Sees Danger In SQ754

From NewsRadio 1000 KTOK ~ State Senator Randy Brogdon of Owasso has changed his mind and now has come out against State Question 754, the question meant to counter any possible approval of State Question 744, the mandated increase in state education funding.

"It's not going to just undo 744, but it's going to have the potential to undo 26 other funding formulas," explained Brogdon in an interview on KTOK's Gwin Faulconer-Lippert Show this week.

"It was a reaction to 744 and the state legislature scrambled---we thought we were doing a good job."

Now the former candidate for the GOP gubernatorial nomination says after deeper study, he's concluded 26 other funding formulas in place for other state agencies could be jeopardized if question 754 reverses 744, should it also be approved.

"I think it's dangerous and will literally put the budget in a tailspin---it'll be a free-for-all in the budget process when the legislature convenes in February."

Brogdon explained the way the question 754 is written, the legislature would not be obligated to any funding formula and that not only includes 744 language but the other 26 that are in statute.

"It's going to just disrupt a huge portion of the state budget and I think it's very, very dangerous."

State Question 754 states: "Under the measure the Constitution could not require the Legislature to fund state functions based on: 1) Predetermined constitutional formulas, 2) How much other states spend on a function, and 3) How much any entity spends on a function." It also states: "Under the measure these limits on the Constitution's power to control appropriations would apply even if: 1) A later constitutional amendment changed the Constitution, or 2) A constitutional amendment to the contrary was passed at the same time as this measure."

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