OKLAHOMA CITY — When Oklahoma voters approved a state question in 1992 that required three-quarters approval of the Legislature or a public vote before a tax-increase proposal could become law, anti-tax advocates saw the measure as a return of power to the people after a series of tax-raising bills over the years.

Today, as state lawmakers grapple with a budget hole and consider raising taxes and fees, the restriction approved by voters 25 years ago may actually be giving power to a minority of legislators who are opposed to any tax increase or Democrats who are seeking leverage.

“Out of 101 people in the House, I’ve got 70 or 80 pragmatic members that will actually look at this and say it’s time to invest (with new revenue),” said Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, who is also chair of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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