All too often, political discussion in this social media age can devolve into tripe. State Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, recently used his Facebook page to provide a true public service.
Hickman wrote a thoughtful analysis of the six state questions that were on Tuesday’s ballot in Oklahoma. He chided the state attorney general’s office for its confusing wording of State Question 765, which sought to disband the Oklahoma Human Services Commission. He pointed out that SQ 758, which lowers to 3 percent the amount that county assessors can increase property values each year, wouldn’t result in a cut for education and county government “but would restrain the growth in revenue generated by property tax for these entities.”
To his credit Hickman didn’t urge readers to vote one way or the other on any of the questions. He simply laid out the pros and cons of all six and explained what a “yes” or “no” vote would mean on each. Kudos.