While Step Up Oklahoma’s effort has run its course, there should be no mistaking that the future of Oklahoma is a cause worth the fight. While we are disappointed by yesterday’s news, the coalition members are committed to demanding results from our elected officials. From the beginning, we knew passing a package that contained revenue measures would be difficult because of our state’s three-quarter majority threshold. However, we believe we brought forth a balanced, measured plan, one that would benefit our teachers, schools, hospitals, and businesses. Yesterday’s solid turnout of supportive advocates at the Capitol shows us that Oklahomans are ready for a change. They want our problems fixed. We are thankful for the widespread support we’ve received since proposing Step Up Oklahoma.

To all Representatives who voted yes:

On behalf of our diverse nonpartisan group of Oklahoma citizens from across the state, we want to thank you for stepping up last week to support a plan to address our lingering budget, education and healthcare issues.

While our coalition members certainly share in your disappointment about the outcome of the vote and the effects it may have on our state’s already broken budget, we recognize the courage you have demonstrated and good faith you have shown in putting your support behind this historically significant legislation. You put politics aside and we appreciate it.

From the beginning, we knew passing a package that contained revenue measures would be difficult because of our state’s three-quarter majority threshold. However, we believe we brought forth a balanced, measured plan for our teachers, schools, hospitals and businesses. As you undoubtedly heard from constituents and witnessed on Monday, an overwhelming majority of Oklahomans agreed.

Oklahomans are ready for a change. They want our problems fixed. We are grateful to you for going to work every day with this in mind. More than most, like Step Up Oklahoma, you know that the future of Oklahoma is a cause worth the fight.

With gratitude,
The Step Up Coalition

Representatives Who Supported Step Up Oklahoma

Representative Greg Babinec, Cushing
Representative Rhonda Baker, Yukon
Representative Meloyde Blancett, Tulsa
Representative Carol Bush, Tulsa
Representative Chad Caldwell, Enid
Representative Ed Cannaday, Porum
Representative Dennis Casey, Morrison
Representative Josh Cockroft, Wanette
Representative Donnie Condit, McAlester
Representative Dale Derby, Owasso
Representative Jason Dunnington, Oklahoma City
Representative Jon Echols, Oklahoma City
Representative John Enns, Enid
Representative Scott Fetgatter, Okmulgee
Representative Roger Ford, Midwest City
Representative Ross Ford, Broken Arrow
Representative Avery Frix, Muskogee
Representative Karen Gaddis, Tulsa
Representative Claudia Griffith, Norman
Representative Elise Hall, Oklahoma City
Representative Katie Henke, Tulsa
Representative Kyle Hilbert, Depew
Representative Justin Humphrey, Lane
Representative John Jordan, Yukon
Representative Chris Kannady, Oklahoma City
Representative Dell Kerbs, Shawnee
Representative Mark Lawson, Sapulpa
Representative Mark Lepak, Claremore
Representative Ben Loring, Miami
Representative Ryan Martinez, Edmond
Representative Mark McBride, Moore
Representative Charles McCall, Atoka
Representative Randy McDaniel, Edmond
Representative Kevin McDugle, Broken Arrow
Representative Marcus McEntire, Duncan
Representative John Montgomery, Lawton
Representative Lewis Moore, Arcadia
Representative Glen Mulready, Tulsa
Representative Cyndi Munson, Oklahoma City
Representative Jadine Nollan, Sand Springs
Representative Terry O'Donnell, Catoosa
Representative Charles Ortega, Altus
Representative Leslie Osborn, Mustang
Representative Mike Osburn, Edmond
Representative Pat Ownbey, Ardmore
Representative Scooter Park, Devol
Representative John Pfeiffer, Mulhall
Representative Dustin Roberts, Durant
Representative Michael Rogers, Broken Arrow
Representative Jacob Rosecrants, Norman
Representative Todd Russ, Cordell
Representative Mike Sanders, Kingfisher
Representative Earl Sears, Bartlesville
Representative Zack Taylor, Seminole
Representative Todd Thomsen, Ada
Representative Steve Vaughan, Ponca City
Representative Kevin Wallace, Wellston
Representative Weldon Watson, Tulsa
Representative Josh West, Grove
Representative Tammy West, Bethany
Representative Rande Worthen, Lawton
Representative Harold Wright, Weatherford
Representative George Young, Oklahoma City


Do you want lawmakers to step up and deliver real solutions to Oklahoma’s problems? Join our movement today!


A nonpartisan group of business, civic and community leaders came together to work with lawmakers to develop the Step Up Oklahoma plan. Step Up Oklahoma would stabilize state revenue, reform government to increase efficiency and cut abuse, and raise teacher pay by $5,000 a year.


The Step Up Oklahoma plan contains much needed government-reform measures to give lawmakers the tools they need to root out waste, allow for immediate budget stabilization and enact long-term budget reforms. Click here to view the list of reforms.
The plan:


• Increase teacher salaries by $5,000 and increase principal pay.


Lower Supermajority Threshold - Lower the supermajority threshold required in the Legislature to pass revenue-enhancing measures to 60%. This restores flexibility that allows legislators to better govern complex revenue matters, while preserving a threshold higher than simple majority that protects taxpayer interests.
Budget Stabilization Fund - Establish a reliable annual funding mechanism to protect the budget in economic downturns.
Line-Item Budget - Require the passage of line-item budgets with effective legislative oversight.
Independent Budget Office - Creation of office specifically designed to root out waste, fraud and abuse across all government functions and identify synergies that can be gained throughout government.
Revenue Transparency - Revises the state budget to increase accuracy and transparency from all state agencies to better reflect all sources of revenue.
Revise Term Limits - Adjust term limits for state legislators to 16 cumulative years.
Increased Accountability for State Agencies/Streamline Agency Boards - Increase accountability to citizens by granting the Governor direct appointment power over the eight largest state agencies and dissolve those agency boards. Appointment includes Labor Commissioner.
Governor and Lt. Governor Reform - Run the Governor and Lt. Governor on the same ticket to encourage collaboration.
Supreme Court Reform - Change the process by which Supreme Court vacancies are filled in order to attract the largest yet diverse pool of qualified candidates.
County Government - Grant voters at the county level the authority to tailor the form and makeup of their county government to meet their local needs.


Leaders developed a broad compromise plan which affects taxes on:
• Cigarettes, little cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes
• The energy industry, including the gross production tax
• Motor fuels
• Wind-power generation
• Refundable income tax credits
• Gaming activities
• Personal income tax – Click here to view the proposed simplification of state income tax

Revenue Scenarios

Download Here.
Cigarette Tax - $243.9mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 34%
  Increased by $1.50 per pack
Little Cigars and Chewing Tobacco & E- Cigarettes - $12.9mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 1.8%
  Tax little cigars as cigarettes and levy additional 10% tax on chewing tobacco
Oil and Gas Gross Production Tax - $133.5mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 18.6%
  All wells currently at 2% will be increased to 4% and all future wells will begin at 4% for first 36 months and move to 7% after
Renewables Generation Tax - $23.0mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 3.2%
  $1 per MWh
Motor Fuel Tax - $170.4mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 23.7%
  Increase rate on diesel and gasoline by $0.06 per gallon
Transferable / Refundable Income Tax Credits - $0* - Percentage of Total Revenue 0.0%
  Cap transferability / cash refundability for coal, wind, and railroad credits effective 2018 tax year
Gaming Modernization - $22.0mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 3.1%
  Indian casinos to use balls and dice in their craps and roulette games, which will increase the state's exclusivity fees
Income Tax Reform - $112.0mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 15.6%

TOTAL NEW REVENUE - $717.7mm - Percentage of Total Revenue 100%
Current Budget Shortfall - ($100.0mm)
Teacher & Principal pay raise - ($285.0mm)
Revenue for Essential Services and Budget Stabilization - $332.7mm
  *Estimated that $18 M cap per tax year would have zero impact in FY18 and FY19 and $54.5M savings in FY 20.

Endorsing Organizations

Ada Chamber of Commerce
American Council of Engineering Consultants - Oklahoma Chapter
Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
Association of Oklahoma General Contractors
Broken Arrow Chamber
Chickasaw Nation
Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Jenks Chamber of Commerce
Norman Chamber of Commerce
Oklahoma Academy for State Goals
Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians
Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology
Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers
Oklahoma Asphalt Pavers Association
Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers
Oklahoma Association of School Administrators
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers
Oklahoma Concrete Pavers Association
Oklahoma Concrete Pipe Association
Oklahoma Education Association
Oklahoma Education Coalition
Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance
Oklahoma Health Center Foundation
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association
Oklahoma Municipal League
Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association
Oklahoma Osteopathic Association
Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association
Oklahoma Retired Educators Association
Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists
Oklahoma State Medical Association
Oklahoma State School Boards Association
Oklahoma Tomorrow
Oklahomans for the Arts
Owasso Chamber of Commerce
State Chamber of Oklahoma
Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation, or TRUST
Tulsa Regional Chamber


Phil Albert, President, Pelco Structural - Claremore
Bill Anoatubby, Governor, Chickasaw Nation - Ada
Calvin Anthony, Tiger Drug - Stillwater
Gary Batton, Chief, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma - Durant
Clay Bennett, Chairman, Dorchester Capital Corp. - Oklahoma City
John Berrey, Chairman, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma - Quapaw
Robert Blair, CEO, Comanche Exploration - Oklahoma City
Dan Boren, President, Corporate Development Chickasaw Nation - Oklahoma City
John Bumgarner, Real Estate Developer, Bumgarner Asset Management LLC - Tulsa
Mike Burrage, Attorney, Whitten Burrage Law Firm - Antlers
Bill Cameron, Chairman & CEO, American Fidelity - Oklahoma City
Jill Castilla, President & CEO, Citizens Bank of Edmond - Edmond
Glenn Coffee, Attorney, Glenn Coffee & Associates - Oklahoma City
Sean Cummings, President, Cummings Oil Company - Oklahoma City
John Dill, ‎Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, ‎Chesapeake Energy – Oklahoma City
Bob Drake, Owner, Drake Farms - Davis
Gentner Drummond, Lawyer, Drummond Law - Tulsa
Jeff Dunn, President & CEO, Mill Creek Lumber - Tulsa
Billy Friend, Chief, Wyandotte Nation – Wyandotte
John "Chip" Fudge, Chairman, Claims Management Resources - Oklahoma City
Jim Gebhart, President/Regional Strategy Officer, Mercy Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
David Griffin, President & CEO, Griffin Communications - Tulsa & Oklahoma City
John Groendyke, CEO, Groendyke Transport - Enid
Gordy Guest, Senior Principal & President, Cyntergy AEC - Tulsa
Harold Hamm, Chairman & CEO, Continental Resources - Oklahoma City
Jimmy Harrel, Chairman & CEO, Bank of Western Oklahoma - Leedey
Judy Hatfield, Founding Principal, Equity Realty - Norman
Jay Helm, President & CEO, American Residential Group - Tulsa
Jake Henry Jr., President & CEO, Saint Francis Health System - Tulsa
Brad Henry, Former Governor of Oklahoma - Shawnee
Jacque Secondine Hensley, Chair of the Kaw Nation - Tulsa
Josh Herron, President, Landmark Bank - Ardmore
John B. Herrington, PhD, Commander & Astronaut, STS-113, NASA - Wetumka
Jason Holuby, President, New Fire Native Design Group - Oklahoma City
Rhonda Hooper, President & CEO, Jordan Advertising - Oklahoma City
Bob Howard, President, Mercedes-Benz Volvo of OKC - Oklahoma City
Cliff Hudson, CEO, Sonic - Oklahoma City
Blu Hulsey, Senior VP Government Relations, Continental Resources - Oklahoma City
Gary James, President & CEO, FSB - Oklahoma City
Craig Jones, President, Oklahoma Hospital Association - Oklahoma City
John Kennedy, CEO, Kennedy Consulting Group - Oklahoma City
Sean Kouplen, President & CEO of Regent Bank - Tulsa
Bradley Krieger, Executive Vice President, Arvest Bank – Oklahoma City
Ken Lackey, Chairman, Nordam - Tulsa
Bill Lance, Sec. of Commerce, Chickasaw Nation - Sulphur
Mike Lauderdale, Attorney & Managing Director, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City
Doug Lawler, President & CEO, Chesapeake Energy – Oklahoma City
Brett Lessley, President, Griffin Management - Tulsa
Tucker Link, Member, OSU/A&M Board of Regents - Finley
Greg Love, Co-CEO, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores - Oklahoma City
Paula Marshall, CEO, Bama - Tulsa
Ed Martin, Chairman, Ackerman McQueen - Oklahoma City
Greg Massey, CEO, First United Bank - Durant
Bill Masterson, President & Publisher, Tulsa World Media Company - Tulsa
Bill Mathis, Partner, Mathis Brothers - Oklahoma City
Tom McDaniel, President, American Fidelity Foundation - Oklahoma City
Bud Miles, Principal & CEO, Miles and Associates Architects – Oklahoma City
Randy Moore, Manager, King Energy, LLC, - Oklahoma City
Rick Mosier, President & General Counsel, Robson Properties - Tulsa
Bradley Naifeh, Partner, Central Liquor Company – Oklahoma City
Mike Neal, President and CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber - Tulsa
Larry Nichols, Chairman Emeritus, Devon Energy - Oklahoma City
David Nimmo, CEO of Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc., - Norman
Tom O’Brien, Senior Vice President, CBRE, Inc. – Tulsa
Elizabeth Osburn, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Tulsa Regional Chamber - Tulsa
Jody Parker, CEO, Anchor Stone - Tulsa
Kevin Perry, President, Perry Broadcasting - Oklahoma City
Russell Perry, Chairman, Perry Broadcasting - Oklahoma City
Gary Pierson, President & CEO, Oklahoma Publishing Co. - Oklahoma City
Greg Price, President, United Petroleum Transports - Oklahoma City
Gary Poulos, Division President, Mill Creek Lumber & Supply - Tulsa
Dr. Stephen M. Prescott, President, OMRF - Oklahoma City
David Rainbolt, Executive Chairman, BancFirst - Oklahoma City
Roger Ramseyer, Vice President/Market Leader, Cox Communications - Tulsa
Jeff Records, Chairman & CEO, Midfirst Bank - Oklahoma City
Larry Rooney, President, Manhattan Construction Group - Tulsa
Frank Robson, Chairman, RCB Bank - Tulsa
Joe Robson, President, The Robson Companies - Tulsa
Bob Ross, CEO, Inasmuch Foundation – Oklahoma City
Rod Sailor, President & CEO, Enable Midstream Partners – Oklahoma City
Michael Samis, Founder, Samis Family Investments - Oklahoma City
Bill Schonacher, President & CEO, IBC Bank of Oklahoma - Oklahoma City
Natalie Shirley, President & CEO, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Oklahoma City
Hastings Siegfried, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Office of Asia Pacific, The NORDAM Group, Inc. - Tulsa
Lee Allen Smith, Chairman, Oklahoma Events - Oklahoma City
Robin Smith, CEO, WeGoLook - Oklahoma City
Chief Ron Sparkman, Chief, Shawnee Tribe – Miami
Marnie Taylor, President & CEO, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits – Oklahoma City
David Thompson, President & CEO, InvesTrust - Oklahoma City
Sean Trauschke, CEO, OG&E - Oklahoma City
Mike Turpen, Attorney, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis - Oklahoma City
Ed Wells, Chairman, Wells Nelson & Associates - Tulsa and Oklahoma City
Jack White, Owner, Financial Equipment Company - Jenks
Clark Wiens, President, Cedar Creek Lumber - Tulsa
Roy Williams, President, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce - Oklahoma City
John Michael Williams,President, Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard – Oklahoma City
Allen Wright, Devon Energy - Oklahoma City
Darton Zink, Owner, President & CEO, Zeeco, Inc. - Tulsa

It’s time to step up to repair, reform and restore Oklahoma.


January 11, 2018 - Step Up Oklahoma Press Release
Oklahoma Business Leaders Call for Reform and Revenue Measures

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Editorial: Momentum Growing for "Step Up" Package
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Tulsa Chamber's OneVoice coalition hones tactics to advance agenda
- Tulsa World, Click here to

Education groups step up advocacy of budget proposal, teacher pay raise
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Organizations announce support for Step Up Oklahoma proposals
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Step Up Oklahoma Gets Growing Support
- Public Radio Tulsa, Click here to

Editorial: Low pay drives Oklahoma teachers away from the classroom
- Tulsa World, Click here to

Editorial: Oklahoma lawmakers should note teacher pay survey
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Nursing home, business and child advocacy groups endorse Step Up Oklahoma plan
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Step Up Oklahoma plan receives endorsement from nonprofit advocacy group
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Oklahoma teachers continue to wait for pay raise a decade after last increase
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Step Up Oklahoma: Proposed income tax changes offer protections for low wage earners
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Teacher by Day: Governor calls for teacher raises
- Barlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Click here to

Governor, Legislature make plans to consider Step Up Oklahoma proposals
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Commentary: OEA Poll: Voters list #oklaed funding as top priority
- NonDoc, Click here to

Oil and Gas Industry Groups Support Step Up Oklahoma
- OK Energy Today, Click here to

OEA joins Step Up Oklahoma in push for teacher pay hikes
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

David Boren: The Step Up Oklahoma plan to close the state's budget gap is an opportunity that must not be missed
- Tulsa World, Click here to

Oil groups support Step Up Oklahoma
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Conversation sprouts idea, group forms to help state
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Here's a plan to solve the state's budget problems that everyone should get behind
- Tulsa World, Click here to

Hot Seat with Scott Mitchell: Rainbolt and Coffee
- KWTV-CBS OKC, Click here to

Let's hope lawmakers step up
- Enid News, Click here to

Six-cent fuel tax increase a small price to pay if it means keeping Farmers' agricultural exemption
- Oklahoma Farm Report, Click here to

Greater OKC Chamber Board Endorses Step Up Oklahoma Plan
- Greater Chamber of Oklahoma City, Click here to read more...

Hofmeister comments on proposed teacher pay raise, commends community leaders
- State Supt. of Education, Click here to

Oklahoma business, civic leaders offer revenue, reform package
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

Here's an explanation of the proposal to repair Oklahoma's budget crisis
- Tulsa World, Click here to

Oklahoma revenue, reform plan is worth pursuing
- The Oklahoman, Click here to

We know how to fight cancer in Oklahoma, if our leaders will only show the courage to act
- Tulsa World, Click here to