ALIGNING OKLAHOMA’S TAX CODE TO OUR 21 ST 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.
What follows is a set of questions/statements that attempt to capture critical issues Oklahomans need to know to better discuss and deliberate how our tax code has developed, the competitive/noncompetitive nature of the system, and where those tax collections (expenditures) flow.
Our intent with these questions is two-fold. First, determine how well-informed listening
session attendees are about Oklahoma’s “sources of tax revenue” by having them take the quiz (no names or means of identification) and then having them submit their responses so that we may later record them. Second, utilizing a second unmarked survey for each attendee, we will provide the correct answers to each of the questions, thus allowing attendees to be better informed about how their tax dollars are raised and to where they are being allocated.