lawmaker has proposed legislation to snag up to $1.2 billion from
the state’s teacher retirement system to pay off debt belonging
to the Oklahoma Transportation Authority, The Oklahoman reported recently.
by Rep. John Wright (R-Broken Arrow), would then allow the teachers
to be reimbursed by using toll revenues from the state’s turnpike
Authority is completely self-funded and reportedly is not being
affected by budget cuts that are hampering other agencies.
executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association, told
the newspaper he was left speechless by the proposal.
“I have not
even heard of a scheme like this, and we oppose raiding the teachers’
retirement fund for any purpose,” DuVall said. “There may be some
explanation behind it, but I can’t imagine a scenario where we
would support it.”