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House member explains how naming a state steak benefits education

One might not think elevating the status of rib eye steaks has much to do with funding education, but one would be wrong.


At least that's what one state representative tried to tell six colleagues Thursday morning during a House Tourism Committee meeting.


"The sales tax on the steak, for the state of Oklahoma, is approximately 4% (actually 4.5%)," Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton, explained in response to a question from Rep. Meloyde Blancett, D-Tulsa. "(Visitors) come into our casinos, they come into our restaurants like Mahogany’s or Cattleman’s or The Ranch, and instead of buying chicken fingers for $12 they buy a $57 steak, that’s a net positive. That gives the state more revenue, so that next year we can have that conversation that me and you probably agree on."

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