Oklahoma Senate’s major budget-writing committee agreed to raise
all vehicle tag fees to help fund the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, The
which would raise the fees, was approved by the Senate General Conference
Committee on Appropriations May 23 without debate. The bill now
heads to the House floor for a vote.
approved, the $2 increase would take effect Sept. 1 and end Aug.
fee increase is expected to raise $6.6 million a year to offset
furloughing troopers 23 days each in the fiscal year, the newspaper
push for the increase accelerated earlier this month after the state
Department of Public Safety learned its budget would be cut 5 percent.
April, Public Safety Commissioner Bob Ricks told a Senate subcommittee
the agency would have to furlough troopers and other employees if
its budget were cut 5 percent.
Brad Henry says he hasn’t decided whether he supports the proposal.