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Democrats want funding for senior nutrition, hospital provider fee in Oklahoma budget

Democrats want funding for senior nutrition, hospital provider fee in Oklahoma budget

Senate Democrat leader outlines priorities in letter to governor, speaker of the House and Senate president pro tempore.

NewsOK

BY JULIE BISBEE

Published: May 19, 2010

Senate Democrats put their budget demands in writing on Tuesday and said they would not support a budget that didn’t include funding for senior nutrition and a hospital provider fee.

Senate Minority Leader Charlie Laster sent a letter to Gov. Brad Henry and Republican legislative leaders saying Senate Democrats "have no interest in bringing votes to the table to help you pass a budget” if the budget proposal didn’t include funding for a handful of programs.

Laster said Senate Democrats are not involved in the budget talks for the 2011 fiscal year.

The confidential negotiations include Henry, a Democrat, House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City... FULL ARTICLE

 

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