TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – Many people say they don’t mind the new taxes lawmakers have passed to generate revenue to fund our state’s education. The Oklahoma Senate passed three bills Wednesday night meant to raise taxes in order to fund education and provide teacher pay raises.
As a parent, raising taxes is the farthest thing on Everette Pirtle’s mind. Especially, he said, if it’s money that will benefit the education system.
“I have four that’s at home in school right now. I don’t care about paying a little extra for gas,” Pirtle said. “I don’t too much care about paying an extra dollar for cigarettes as long as our kids have an education because those are our future.”
Currently, Pirtle spends about a $100 on a monthly basis on these items and said he doesn’t mind the future increase.
Dasha Allen has the same attitude about a three-cent gas tax increase.
“It doesn’t matter when it needs to support teachers,” Allen said.
Currently, Allen spends about a $100 a month fueling her tank. “We’re doing it for our future of our kids and gas, if it’s few cents more, it doesn’t hurt anybody,” she said.
Nathan Stewart also supports the tax increase.
“It affects everybody,” Stewart said. “Any time you get into taxes, it’s going to affect anybody in a society. It’s a small difference, but as long as it is going to the right reasons, it is all right.”
There are some who disagree with a tax increase like Dave Rorex, especially on cigarettes.
“When she said the price I said, ‘Huh,’” Rorex said. “Now, it’s a dollar, and you know, I’m getting tired of it.”
Pirtle said he is far from tired of supporting teachers.
“I’m going to be out there on the picket lines with them trying to help get them more money,” Pirtle said. “It’s not enough, and the reason why I say it’s not enough is because we are actually putting our kids on somebody else for seven and a half hours a day, so $6,000 is not enough. None of this was going on when we were coming up. We had an education. And that’s all I want for my kids, is an education.”