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Budget deal (EDITORIAL)

Budget deal (EDITORIAL)

No one walks away happy

Tulsa World

By World's Editorial Writers
Published: 5/24/2010 2:22 AM
Last Modified: 5/24/2010 4:18 AM

With revenues cratering and needs escalating, everyone knew the state budget for the next fiscal year would be a disappointment.

Everyone was right.

The budget deal announced by legislative leaders and Gov. Brad Henry on Thursday cuts painfully from core state services as it inevitably had to.

Using money from the state's "rainy day" fund and federal stimulus funding, budget negotiators have somewhat softened the blow of the national recession on state finances but still the cuts are deep and will be painful.

The budget cuts 2.9 percent from what public schools got this year and 3.3 percent from the funding designated for higher education. Public safety, human services and many other state agencies will also see cuts. Overall, the budget is 7.6 percent lower than the budget the Legislature approved last year and never lived up to... FULL ARTICLE


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