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Chamber, Local Corporations Led Fight Against SQ 779 | Blue Oklahoma
It comes as no surprise that local corporations and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber led the fight against State Question 779, which would have increased the state sales tax by one cent and given public school teachers $5,000 annual raises. Oklahoma Teachers 'Disheartened' After Failure To Pass SQ 779 pic.twitter.com/5ekDdm9VBb— News On 6 (@NewsOn6) November 10, 2016 They were joined by some progressives, who considered the one cent sales tax hike regressive, and thus approximately 59 percent of voters defeated the measure in the Nov. 8 election. Our teachers were jilted once again. What's somewhat surprising, however, are some of the dollar amounts from the "no" side that have been reported. For example, according to a media report, Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores donated $40,000 to help defeat the measure. Many if not most people who work at Love's stores in Oklahoma were most likely educated in the public school system in the state.