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7% cuts to face Oklahoma House decision

7% cuts to face Oklahoma House decision

This article first appeared in The Oklahoman.

BY JULIE BISBEE
Published: May 21, 2009

The state Senate on Wednesday passed a budget bill that includes cuts of nearly 7 percent to most state agencies for the next fiscal year.

Senate Bill 216 passed the Senate 46-1. The bill now heads to the House.
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Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, voted against the budget bill, saying lawmakers avoided making tough decisions.

Sen. Mike Johnson, R-Kingfisher, said much of the state budget was negotiated with House leaders and the governor.

"This is not a bill, that, if I were king, would do it this way,” Johnson said. "There are some things I would like to have another way, but it’s what was negotiated.”

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