Interview: Former Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. talks teacher pay raises
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Former Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. believes the oil and gas industry should help fund teacher pay raises and the state government.
Bartlett says more of the state's energy producers should take on more of the burden. He knows what that means because he's in the oil and gas business.
"We can raise what we need, but we can't make an assumption that the future is gonna be better," Bartlett said. "We need to have a consistent source of revenue in order to raise teacher salaries."
Bartlett addressed the gross production tax in the oil and gas industry and that the increase of that tax for those within the business might be one solution.
"If we do provide the revenue that they do deserve, in my view, it's an opportunity for us to say, 'We will do this, but you need to help us,'" Bartlett said in talking about the district administrations meeting the oil and gas companies half way. "This is a big, big issue, and we need to do something now."