Oklahoma's Supreme Court ruled in August that a TABOR initiative did not carry enough signatures to be placed on the ballot. Supporters say they will present a spending limit proposal to lawmakers in the spring session.

Nationwide, TABOR proposals went down to defeat in three states. The closest margin was in Maine where voters turned it down 54 percent to 46 percent, according to a news story in the Oklahoma City Journal Record newspaper this past week.

Voters in Nebraska and Oregon turned down TABOR petitions, both by 70 percent or more. In 2005, Colorado voters suspended their TABOR law after education and state agencies began to suffer.

Those three initiatives were among 204 various initiatives on ballots nationwide Tuesday. The newspaper said there were more initiatives on the ballot this year than in any other year except 1996 and 1914.

TABOR law proposals vary but most limit state government growth by indexing spending to inflation and population. Revenue above those limits is returned to taxpayers.

In recessionary times, cuts in state services are expected. But when economic conditions improve, TABOR keeps budgets from returning to normal levels and eliminates progress made in programs and services.

Oklahoma's laws requiring a balanced budget for all state agencies and deposits to the rainy day fund eliminate the need for TABOR legislation. Lawmakers can and should decide spending limits.

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