Gov. Brad Henry, who earlier has said he can’t support State Question 744, is expected Tuesday to make it clear he opposes the passage of the proposal which would require Oklahoma increase its per-pupil expenditure to the average of surrounding states.
The governor is to make his announcement during a news conference set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the state Capitol.
Henry’s news conference was announced by the spokeswoman for the One Oklahoma Coalition, the campaign working to defeat SQ 744. The issue is one of 11 state questions on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
Henry has been a leading supporter for public education since he was elected governor eight years ago. However, he could not support SQ 744, a spokesman said earlier.
“Governor Henry does have major concerns about tying the hands of future state leaders by amending the Oklahoma Constitution with specific budget mandates that limit their ability to effectively respond to emergencies and address needs in other areas,” said his spokesman, Paul Sund, in June.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau