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OSU President Burns Hargis Believes State Question 744 a Bad Choice for Oklahoma

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 6:21:58 CDT

OSU President Burns Hargis Believes State Question 744 a Bad Choice for Oklahoma OSU President Burns Hargis agrees with his counterpart in Norman at the University of Oklahoma- David Boren. They both believe that State Question 744 is a bad choice for Oklahoma- saying there are better ways to fund common education in Oklahoma.

A few days back, they issued a joint statement that spoke of their concerns with State Question 744:

"Passage could lead to damaging cuts in courses and programs. We strongly support improved funding for K through 12 education, however, State Question 744 provides no revenue sources to pay for its mandates. Without new revenue sources, it would cause destructive cuts in other vital state services, like higher education, vocational-technical education, highways, law enforcement and medical services. We do not recommend how anyone should vote, but we feel a responsibility to inform Oklahomans about the potential impact of this proposal."

We have had the chance to sit down and talk with President Hargis about what State Question 744 might mean for the state's Land Grant University- and he believes significant tuition hikes would be needed to address the drying up of state funds that Common Education would suck away from all other state agencies and services if 744 passes. He also acknowleges that the Land Grant functions of Extension and the Experiment Stations would be hit ever harder, with no tuition money available to make up their shortfall.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear our conversation with Burns Hargis on State Question 744.

And, our colleague at News9 and News on 6, Alex Cameron, has put together a good overview of State Question 744- click here to jump to the News9 site to read and see his report.



Ron Hays talks with OSU President Burns Hargis about State Question 744
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