The Oklahoma Legislature has reached an impasse throughout the sin that is so-called of gambling and cigarettes.
Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman wants to expand gaming, but his Republican constituents think he should put that idea in his pipe and smoke it.
Both the Oklahoma Senate and House are controlled by the GOP, but that isn't stopping the minority celebration from blocking a smoke tax increase proposed by House Republicans.
Democrats into the lower chamber are doing so in order to give their side leverage in ongoing spending plan negotiations, and their wishes to expand gambling and allow casinos that are tribal offer roulette and dice games.
Oklahoma lawmakers are researching to close an $878 million funding gap. While Republicans can pass the budget of their choosing, they require a three-fourths vote to raise cigarette taxes, and also the 26 Democrats within the 101-member House aren't budging.
'We've said all along that the cigarette taxation is really a Band-Aid on a bullet hole,' Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-District 94) told the Associated Press. 'You've surely got to have additional revenue.'
This the House and Senate budget committees recommended a $1.50 per cigarette pack tax increase week. To really make the budget whole with only that tariff hike, Oklahomans would roughly need to purchase 585.3 million packages of smokes.