By Kaye Beach
I Did some research.
The Bottom line?
“Miller is solely responsible for the TAX/REVENUE/FEE increase, or rose by any other name he calls it. In my opinion it is dishonest for Ken Miller to claim he never ‘authored a TAX increase”
Although Rep. Miller denies it, he did author the bill. He is responsible for nursing it through the process but then later he had Rep. Cox substituted as author.
“Their most ridiculous assertion is that I authored and supported a tax increase bill” –Ken Miller
This was an 11th hour bill.
They had to vote to suspend the rules in order to pass it. Rules say that there must be a 5 day wait on revenue enhancing legislation.
Rep Cox says the difference between a tax and a fee is in the eye of the beholder.
The providers are quite likely to pass the Fee/Tax on to their clients.You think?
Did this bill come in at 6pm on Friday so that there would be no chance for the public to protest it?
It was stated that 75 votes were desired. Why? Otherwise the measure could be challenged as a tax.
Is the definition really that imprecise?
want to watch the debate?
*update* Turns out, Miller DID author and SUPPORT the bill.
The below is correct and provable by legislative documents posted online.
Jack Dake says;
I just listened to a misleading phone call from Ken Miller running for st. treasurer. I believe his call is false.
He claims he never authored a tax increase.
I hold in my hands the May 27 HB 2359 summary put out by the Okla Republican House leadership. “Impact: FY11: REVENUE INCREASE OF $70.6 MILLION” is the direct quote from the Okla House REPUBLICAN staff report. Author–KEN MILLER!
The full story: only the author of a bill can advance it thru the legislative process or insert language into a bill. If at any time Miller wanted to kill his bill he merely had to not let it advance.
Miller is solely responsible for the TAX/REVENUE/FEE increase, or rose by any other name he calls it. In my opinion it is dishonest for Ken Miller to claim he never ‘authored a TAX increase’.
The next day, May 28 at 1:45pm Miller signed the conference committee report with its $70 million taxes/fees/revenue increase.
That moved the bill to the House floor. At 2:11pm, 26 minutes later, Miller had his name removed as PRINCIPAL author and substituted with Rep. Guy Liebmann’s name, but kept his name as “CO-AUTHOR”, to keep control of the bill.
Why would Miller do this? I believe it could only be because he didn’t want someone to claim he authored the $70 million tax increase since he has a Republican primary.
In fact, that’s what he said in his Sunday phone call. From 3:33 pm to 3:44 pm, he votes FOR HB 2359 once, twice votes against, and twice doesn’t vote, in the process of the bill becoming law.
It is irrefutable that Ken Miller authored this bill and it never could have passed without HIM moving the bill through. His vote against HIS OWN BILL was what? Clearly, just to protect his run for state treasurer.
His phone call-“never authored a TAX increase”-just a word game-it was a ‘revenue” increase, not a tax increase
His vote against HIS OWN BILL was what?
Clearly, just to protect his run for state treasurer. His phone call-“never authored a TAX increase”-just a word game-it was a ‘revenue” increase, not a tax increase, don’t ya see? I am sick of Republicans who play these games. I urge you to vote for Owen Laughlin.
Jack Dake, Jr.”
Here are the documents;