Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bellmon Hopes Education Funds 'Stabilized'/with Compromise, Tax Increase

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bellmon Hopes Education Funds 'Stabilized'/with Compromise, Tax Increase

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It appearsOklahoma education funds will not have to be cut back for 1987-88 and may go up in 1988-89, with a compromise being completed on the Oklahoma Tax Commission and a tax increase, Gov. Henry Bellman said Thursday.

"I hope by this time next week we can say the state's education funding will be stabilized for next year," Bellmon said during an address to the Oklahoma City Public School Foundation Inc. "It appears Oklahoma's economy is turning around.

"If that continues, it is possible that education funding will go by the next fiscal year (starting July 1, 1988)."

An agreement on restructuring of the tax commission was announced Thursday. It was expected to be followed by an agreement on taxes that would cover $350 million needed to fund Bellmon's budget. The proposed taxes have included an increase of 6 cents per gallon on gasoline and an increase in sales tax from 3.25 cents to 4 cents.

Bellmon addressed the foundation's annual luncheon for honoring valedictorians, salutatorians, teachers, administrators and parents involved with the Oklahoma City public schools as well as a $500 scholarship winner and persons receiving grants.

He praised the pursuit of excellence by the foundation as similar to his own goal for Oklahoma as a "state of excellence." He said outstanding general education is needed to produce future leaders with values as well intelligence.

Also, he told of the need to bring integrity to the leadership of Oklahoma, though the process of changing leaders "may not be pretty at times." He lobbied for the students to attend college and return to Oklahoma to help provide leadership in the future.

In addition, Bellmon said open government is needed in a democracy and that the media plays an important role in keeping citizens informed of government. Students, he said, should learn to be informed about government though they may pursue specialties in business, law, medicine or other fields. …

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