Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Campaign May Determine Battle on Tax Bill Repeal

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Campaign May Determine Battle on Tax Bill Repeal

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TULSA (AP) _ Gov. David Walters, who has promised a tough fight against repeal of the $223 million education reform and tax bill, said Wednesday the battle could be determined by who runs the best campaign. The Oklahoma& Supreme Court has cleared the way for Oklahoma voters to decide whether to keep House Bill 1017. Walters indi- cated he would& probably schedule the election in Sep- tember or October. "I think it's very possible it could be repealed," Walters told members of the Sunrise Rotary Club in south Tulsa at a breakfast meeting Wednesday. "I've been told it's running close in various polls. "It could come down to who has the best organized campaign." He said House Bill 1017 supporters should be vocal in showing what benefits already have come out of educational reforms and "how chaotic it would be without" the bill. "If we make that clear, then 1017 will stay in place. If not, we could lose it," Walters said. Supporters of the initiative petition to repeal the school bill have urged the governor to follow through on a previous pledge to schedule the election quickly. Stan Ward, chairman of STOP New Taxes, wants the election before school starts to keep teachers from influencing their parents. State school Superintendent Sandy Garrett said she would prefer the election to be held after school starts, when families have returned from vacation and "things would be back to normal. …
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