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Five Oklahoma lawmakers experience tax troubles



There's hardly anything funnier than when elected officials get caught acting like the laws they write don't apply to them. And with our lawmakers, the funny bone is constantly tickled.


Members of the state House of Representatives shared a philosophy more akin to Leona Helmsley than your friendly neighborhood CPA when they failed to file their state income taxes. In a story by The Oklahoman, five lawmakers, including the speaker of the House, said "nah" to doing what every person who voted for them has to do each year.


The story reported Speaker Lance Cargill failed to file his taxes the past two years. Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, also skipped years 2005 and 2006. Rep. Ryan McMullen, D-Burns Flat, forgot to file in 2001, then remembered for the next few years, and then forgot again in 2006. Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, was absent for three years.


But the king of forgetful filing is Rep. Jabar Shumate, a former press secretary for David L. Boren. The Tulsa Democrat had income-tax brain farts in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006.


Speaking of farts, here are the excuses:

Cargill: "miscommunication with an accountant," per the Oke. Sounds like missed communication.


McMullen: "the rigors of this job." A job that lasts four months?


Shumate: "It was a shock to me." He was shocked, shocked!


Johnson: a divorce. We will not touch that one.


Armes: "We just get strung out." Draw your own conclusions there.


All of the delinquent lawmakers said they are working to correct the problem. Some of them were upset because they were due a return on their income taxes.


Ah, that's just sad.

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