State education advocates see rub in road plan

Sunday, September 18th 2005, 8:03 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A state House Republican plan to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into highways is creating concern among state educators.

They believe the plan threatens funding that usually goes to schools.

The plan was put together ahead of last Tuesday's election to raise fuel taxes to 22 cents a gallon to shore up highway funding. The plan was rejected by voters.

The GOP plan would increase to $200-million the amount of new highway money committed to roads. It would beef up county road funds by increasing from 15 percent to 30 percent the amount of motor vehicle tag money that goes to counties.

Roy Bishop of the Oklahoma Education Association says he's leery about diverting the money and will fight to make sure education maintains its share of state revenues.