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Budget talks progressing, House leader says

Budget talks progressing, House leader says

Republican legislative leaders continue meeting with the Democratic governor in efforts to craft a $5.4 billion budget.



Published: May 14, 2010

Budget talks are back on track after a "minor hiccup” over the issue of a hospital provider fee, House Speaker Chris Benge said Thursday.

"We’re working hard,” said Benge, R-Tulsa.

Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, met Thursday with Democratic Gov. Brad Henry on ways to deal with a $1.2 billion shortfall for the 2011 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The talks are not public, with details usually not released until a deal is reached.

Legislators have two weeks remaining in this year’s session to come up with a $5.4 billion budget. They must adjourn by May 28. It takes at least three legislative days to get a budget package approved through both chambers... FULL ARTICLE


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