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June 6, 2014

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ENID, Okla. — Lawsuits and taxes

The Republican candidates both agree with tort reform, but were careful to say they want to make sure that lawsuits remain an option for people with legitimate cases.

“We don’t want to discourage those folks from correcting that right,” Caldwell said. “However, I don’t think you have to look very hard to find plenty of instances of frivilous lawsuits.”

Baker also asked them to parse the difference between taxes and fees, and whether raising fees is a viable option when faced with lagging revenue. Caldwell said the real question is whether someone gets true value from paying a fee.

“There are plenty of areas we should trim back because of waste and inefficiency. The easy thing to do when the budget gets tight is figure out ways to take more money from somebody else,” he said.

Stuber noted that when a fee isn’t fair, it becomes a tax.

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