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Coalition outlines consequences of education initiative to veterans, state workers

Coalition outlines consequences of education initiative to veterans, state workers

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By Associated Press
5:01 AM CDT, June 24, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A coalition of business and labor groups says there are consequences to state employees and services if a ballot initiative to dramatically increase spending on public education passes.

Members of the group known as the One Oklahoma Coalition will meet outside the state-operated Norman Veteran's Center Thursday to discuss concerns about State Question 744. Voters will decide the issue in the Nov. 2 general election.

The petition would force the state to spend at least $850 million more on public schools over a three-year period to meet the seven-state regional average for per-student spending.

Opponents say that could lead to the loss of up to 7,000 state workers and up to 25 percent of state services, including veteran's care.

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