Aligning Oklahoma’s Tax Code to Our 21st Century Economy
2018 Town Hall Listening Sessions Knowledge Quiz Preface
Over the past several years, The Oklahoma Academy (OA) has preceded each of its Town Hall Conferences by conducting a series of listening sessions across the state. While the primary purpose is to collect input from Oklahomans on a specific topic and share that data with Town Hall participants, the OA also utilizes the sessions to introduce Oklahomans who are new to the Academy’s business model of civic and open engagement of public policy issues impacting Oklahoma.
This year’s Town Hall will focus on how we might modernize Oklahoma’s current tax code, one that combines equity, adequacy, simplicity, transparency, and administrative ease. Our current tax code is an amalgamation of individual legislative actions over the past 111 years … hardly strategic in nature and rarely, if ever, tied to a consensus, long-term vision of where the state is headed.
We hope you will join a listening session in your community/region to help us in gathering information to share with those who participate in the November 2018 Town Hall.
The Listening Sessions this year in advance of the Town Hall will capture critical issues Oklahomans need to know to better understand, discuss, and deliberate how our tax code has developed, the competitive/noncompetitive nature of the system, and where those tax collections (expenditures) flow. The tool for the Listening Sessions is a multiple-choice quiz that attendees will take and submit (no names or means of identification). Then utilizing a second unmarked survey for each attendee, we will provide the correct answers to each question.
Our overall goal is to allow attendees to be better informed about how their tax dollars are raised and to where they are being allocated.