State politicians slow to stake out positions

Sunday, October 30th 2005, 5:57 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- For the most part, top-tier Oklahoma politicians aren't scrambling to take a position for or against the so-called taxpayer bill of rights.

The proposal, known as TABOR, has caused political upheaval in Colorado. Oklahoma politicians are closely watching the outcome of an initiative petition drive to get a TABOR amendment on a statewide ballot.

Also of keen interest is Tuesday's election in Colorado to suspend TABOR's effect in that state for five years.

TABOR is a constitutional amendment that limits spending to inflation and population increases. Tax increases only could be possible through a vote of the people.

Critics say Oklahoma is behind other states in funding some services, including roads and public safety. They also say Oklahoma already severely restricts taxes.