Reforms sought by Oklahoma business and civic leaders
Following is the list of governance and education reforms that a coalition of Oklahoma civic and business leaders wants the Oklahoma Legislature to approve or submit to voters in exchange for their support for a package of revenue raising measures:
1. Lower the supermajority threshold required in the Legislature to pass revenue raising measures to 60 percent from the current 75 percent.
2. Establish a reliable Budget Stabilization Fund that would be structured similar to an endowment where the income generated by the fund could be used to cushion the budget during economic downturns. The principal could not be invaded, so it is different from the Rainy Day Fund.
3. Require the passage of line-item budgets with effective legislative oversight.
4. Revise term limits for state legislators so they can serve a total of 16 years in the House, Senate or combination of the two legislative bodies. The new limits would not apply to anyone currently in office.
5. Grant the governor direct appointment power over agency directors for the largest eight state agencies and dissolve agency boards. Also included are the labor commissioner, state superintendent of public instructon and corporation commissioners.
6. Require the governor and lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket to encourage collaboration.
7. Change the process by which Supreme Court vacancies are filled to attract the largest yet diversified pool of qualified candidates.
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8. Create an independent budget office to assist with gaining interagency efficiencies and help ferret out waste, fraud and abuse.
9. Grant voters at the county level the authority to structure the form and makeup of their county governments to meet their local needs.
10. Revise the state budget to reflect all sources of revenue rather than just the amount to be appropriated.
11. Increase the pay of principals and teachers statewide.