Letters to the Editor
knows that tax money helps to keep water clean for drinking, to repair
potholes on city streets and to spread sand/ salt on icy roads, etc.
Nathaniel Batchelder implies (Commentary, “Cutting taxes is not the
answer,” July 11, Oklahoma Gazette)
taxes once funded mental
hospitals and substance abuse programs, as if the state does not fund
them any longer. Oklahoma’s mental health system is centralized and
primarily state-funded. Oklahoma voters approved a net 55-centsper-pack
increase in the cigarette tax in 2008, and most of that revenue went to
health care. The state’s mental health and substance abuse programs are
receiving millions of dollars.