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Okla. Lawmaker Seeks End to Newspaper Exemption (Jan 11, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker wants to end Oklahoma's sales tax exemption for newspapers and magazines to free up money to fund bonuses for National Board Certified teachers.

Tahlequah Democratic Sen. Jim Wilson introduced a bill this week that would end the exemption from the state's 4.5 percent sales tax for newspapers and magazines. Citing figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Wilson says the proposal would free up $17 million that could be used to fund bonuses for National Board Certified teachers.

The State Board of Education last year voted not to fund the $5,000 bonuses during the current fiscal year.

The head of the Oklahoma Press Association says he believes the $17 million estimate is inflated and that the group intends to oppose the plan.



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