Rep. Murphey: “This has to be a mistake!”

Rep. Murphey: “This has to be a mistake!”

That was my first thought as I stared up at the monitor in the Appropriations Committee hearing room. The committee was just starting to consider the 2018 appropriations bill — a bill that was supposed to be House Bill 2401; however, the screen informed those of us on the committee that Senate Bill 860 was […]

Rep. Murphey: The Great Armageddon Tour of 2017

Rep. Murphey: The Great Armageddon Tour of 2017

This year’s legislative session was dominated by a group of “raise taxes at all costs” ideologues who deployed aggressive strategies to advance an array of principle-betraying tax and fee increases upon the people of Oklahoma. Last week I wrote in some detail about the strategy of freshman pawning: a technique for getting new legislators to […]

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years — Part 3

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years — Part 3

It was the speech that officially launched a new and dangerous ideology: do whatever it takes to raise taxes — even it it means ignoring the Constitution. In February, the Governor addressed the Legislature and called for an array of new and increased taxes. The Governor demonstrated savvy political sophistication and a modicum of Republican […]

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years – part two

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years – part two

In last week’s article I described my initial optimism for this year’s legislative session and detailed the opportunities afforded to this year’s legislature. I explained my initial belief that a new generation of legislative leaders were coming into leadership who understood the need for reform. My early optimism appeared justified. Appropriations officials held substantive and […]

Rep. Murphey: The ongoing disintegration of transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature

Rep. Murphey: The ongoing disintegration of transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature

As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, legislators commenced a rapid fire process of throwing out various tax increase proposals in an apparent attempt to see what they could get before those impacted by the new taxes could engage. This made an absolute mockery of any semblance of transparency in the legislative process.

Rep. Murphey: Taxing Netflix

Rep. Murphey: Taxing Netflix

Last Monday, legislative leaders positioned Oklahoma to join one other state and several left-leaning cities (including Chicago and Pasadena) in enacting a tax on Netflix users and users of other streaming video services including Hulu and Amazon Video.

Modernization Chairman asks Legislators to avoid failed Massachusetts tax hike mistake

Modernization Chairman asks Legislators to avoid failed Massachusetts tax hike mistake

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Government Modernization Chairman Jason Murphey today expressed his strongest opposition to the impending introduction of a legislative plan to put a new tax on the use of information technology services. “Earlier today, Governor Fallin released an article entitled ‘Computer Science, Coding Skills in High Demand by Businesses across Our State’ in […]

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