Doak Challenges Holland to Take a Position on SQ 744

Oct. 15, 2010

TULSA, OKLA. – In a statement released today, John Doak, the Republican Nominee for Insurance Commissioner, challenged incumbent Kim Holland to take a position on State Question 744.

“This measure would be extremely harmful to our state,” Doak said, “and would have a devastating impact on our state budget. I urge my supporters to vote no on State Question 744.”

SQ 744 amends the Oklahoma Constitution to require that the Oklahoma Legislature annually provide an amount of funding, based per pupil, for public schools equal to the average of the amount spent by the states surrounding Oklahoma. Those surrounding states are Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

The question specifies that if those states cut education spending, Oklahoma’s appropriation must remain the same.

“State Question 744 would be disastrous for Oklahomans and Oklahoma business,” Doak said. “Kim Holland has yet to take a public stance on it, and I believe the voters have a right to know each candidate’s position.”