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Bold moves proposed to help in budget crunch (EDITORIAL)

Bold moves proposed to help in budget crunch (EDITORIAL)

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The Oklahoman Editorial

Published: May 9, 2010

OKLAHOMA’S legislative leaders are fretting, understandably, about what state government will look like once they get finished writing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. With $1.2 billion less to spend than a year ago, the budget is sure to include major cuts to agencies already hurting from cuts instituted this year.

Policymakers have been told by any number of agency directors what further cuts would mean to them and the people they serve. The forecasts are chilling. Less frequently talked about is the need for state government to really examine how it conducts its business.

Tom Daxon, secretary of finance and revenue under former Gov. Frank Keating, broaches that subject in this month’s Perspective magazine, published monthly by the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Daxon points out that the amount of federal money used to help fund state government has grown considerably through the years, but that’s likely to change for the worse as the federal government wrestles with its major entitlement programs. So changes are needed... FULL ARTICLE

 

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