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Budget talks stall, restart

Budget talks stall, restart

By M. Scott Carter

The Journal Record

Posted: 09:12 PM Wednesday, May 19, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislative leaders and Gov. Brad Henry continued closed-door negotiations Wednesday as they tried to develop a plan to bridge the state’s $1.2 billion budget gap.

But despite almost around-the-clock negotiations – and with only eight days remaining in the 2010 legislative session – leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate have yet to release details of the FY 2011 budget. The 2011 fiscal year begins July 1.

Those negotiations hit the skids after a disagreement this week between Senate Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, an Oklahoma City Republican, and Henry, a Democrat.

“Tuesday night budget negotiations were pretty much at an impasse,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charlie Laster of Shawnee... FULL ARTICLE

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