State reps want to stop funding for nonprofits

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — State representatives Sally Kern and Paul Wesselhoft want to stop nonprofit organizations from receiving any state funding.

Kern and Wesselhoft sent a letter to Governor Mary Fallin asking that the funding be cut off as soon as possible. They say more than 40 nonprofits are scheduled to receive money from state agencies this year.

Wesselhoft said, ‘”The constitution is very clear that taxpayer money is not to be allowed, or alloted that is, to nonprofit organizations, so we think it’s a violation of the constitution”.

The annual Red Earth Day Festival is just one nonprofit organization to receive some state money each year. For the fiscal year 2013, the festival will be given $25,000.

G. Calvin Sharpe, Red Earth board president said, “We’re receiving $25,000, and well, you can see the economic impact.”

Sharp says the $25,000 they receive provides an eight million dollar impact to the city and state.

Kern said, “..why is the government choosing winners and losers, or who is going to get some of this money?”

Governor Fallin has not yet responded to the letter.