Candidate Todd Lamb Pledges to Farm Leaders that He Will Work to Protect the Oklahoma Ag Sales Tax ExemptionFri, 09 Feb 2018 06:23:03 CST
A room full of agricultural leaders spent their Thursday morning with Lt Governor Todd Lamb, who is running for Governor- seeking first the GOP Nomination in a crowded field that face an initial vote in June. After the meeting, the Lt Governor talked briefly with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the meeting, the priorities outlined by the farmers and ranchers in the room in Oklahoma City and what he believes he as Governor could do to the lives of people living in Oklahoma a better place. You can hear his comments, as well as comments from the Chairman of the Ag Advisory Committee formed by Lamb, northwest Oklahoma cattle producer Tom Fanning, by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story- We talk about the efforts to find revenue in Oklahoma by State Lawmakers- acknowledging that if the Step Up Plan is not approved- many will take another look at exemptions like the $500 million exemption afforded farmers and ranchers.
At the top of the list discussed by many of those in the meeting was the need to protect the Agricultural Sales Tax Exemption. The Lt Governor said to the farmers and ranchers present and to Hays afterwards that a "Lamb Governorship would do everything possible to protect the Ag Sales Tax Exemption." With the ongoing state government budget shortfall- some urban lawmakers eye the hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue that could result with the taking of that exemption- which would only require a simply majority vote instead of the super majority 75% needed to pass a revenue raising bill through the state legislature.
Lamb and the farmers and ranchers in the room also talked the need to find a way to strengthen rural schools, promote Oklahoma grown farm and ranch products beyond our borders, deal with native Americans on water and be certain to get federal dollars as they are handed out to improve rural broadband.
At least two farmers expressed the need to build out the infrastructure to get broadband to even the most rural parts of Oklahoma- calling that a game changer. They pointed out you have to have cellular service for farm machinery to connect with service and maintenance people even when it is the fields- and that broadband that is available is often hundreds of dollars per month to maintain.
Click here for the earlier release from the Lamb campaign on the Ag Advisory group that has formed to support Lt Governor Lamb in his race to become Governor.
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