Oklahoma legislators and others pushing the so-called "taxpayer bill of rights initiative" must have known their original petition was flawed.

Just before the Supreme Court announced it had thrown out the petition, a press conference was held announcing formation of "Oklahomans for Good Government," a new group with a mission to circulate its own TABOR petition.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court backed a referee's report that found TABOR circulators had insufficient signatures and some of their circulators were not Oklahoma residents as required by state law.

Some local lawmakers have called TABOR the worst piece of legislation ever envisioned. It effectively limits what elected lawmakers can spend based on a state's population and inflation. Oklahoma state government, with its fluctuating revenue and balanced budget rule, wouldn't survive such a hurdle should we have a downturn the likes of which we had in the early 1980s.

Colorado, the first state to pass TABOR legislation, asked and received approval from its voters to suspend the law for five years. Voters saw education spending go from 35th to 49th and teacher pay go from 30th to 50th.

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