- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - University of Oklahoma President David Boren is helping promote a one percent sales tax increase for education.

Boren told The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1WluZme ) Thursday that he and civic leaders are forming a group called “Oklahoma’s Children - Our Future” hoping to put the proposal on the election ballot in November 2016.

Boren said additional funding is needed because of a shortage of teachers, teacher salaries below those of neighboring states and to provide more spending per student.

He said a one percent sales tax increase, if approved by voters, would raise about $615 million a year with $378 million being used to pay for $5,000 yearly raises for teacher salaries.

Oklahoma already has one of the highest combined average local and state sales tax rates in the country at 8.77 percent.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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