Monday, August 11, 2008

These are my principles. If you don't like 'em, I have others.

Roy Bishop, president of the state's most powerful labor union, is among those promoting a proposed constitutional amendment which would raise Oklahoma's per-pupil spending to the regional average.

But oddly enough, just last year Mr. Bishop argued that it was a bad idea to tie "state expenditures for public services to arbitrary formulas."

He said a proposed constitutional amendment "stands against representative democracy" in that it "shifts annual budget responsibilities away from our elected representatives and transfers it to a complicated formula."

Besides, he reminded us, "the state maintains many serious long-term obligations that require attention, including a crumbling transportation system unable to meet the demands of the 21st Century."

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