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Oklahoma State Senate
OFFICE OF SENATOR JAY PAUL GUMM
Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston & Marshall Counties

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For Immediate Release: January 31, 2008

Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm

Proposal to End Grocery Tax Included in “100 Ideas” Book

OKLAHOMA CITY – A proposal by Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant to end the state’s grocery tax made the list of “100 Ideas” made by Oklahomans to improve the state.

Over the course of the past year, more than 3,500 ideas were submitted through a website and thousands more were collected at “Idea Raisers” held by communities across Oklahoma. The proposal to end the grocery tax was the “Number 25” idea.

The book titled, 100 Ideas—Innovation for the Second Century was released Tuesday. The publication of the book was the conclusion of a year-long, bipartisan project getting Oklahomans more involved in the policymaking process as the state enters its second century of statehood.

In promoting repeal of the state grocery tax, the book states: “Oklahoma should eliminate the regressive grocery sales tax. Oklahoma is one of the few states in the nation that taxes groceries. Food is a basic necessity, and working families should not be taxed on food purchases at the grocery store.”

Gumm said he could not agree more. “Cleary Oklahomans have embraced the idea that ending the sales tax on groceries is an idea whose time has come,” he said.

“With a sluggish economy, there is no better time to move this proposal forward to put real money back into the pockets of working and middle class families as soon as possible. Not only will we directly help them, we give the Oklahoma economy an extra boost.”

For more information contact:
Senator Jay Paul Gumm
State Capitol: (405) 521-5586
Durant Office: (580) 924-4717

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