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Dems insist on budget list to gain their votes

Dems insist on budget list to gain their votes

Tulsa World

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

Published: 5/19/2010 2:22 AM
Last Modified: 5/19/2010 6:10 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — Senate Democrats gave Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, a list of items Tuesday that must be included in a state budget agreement to secure their votes.

Henry and legislative leaders are negotiating a budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The state expects to have $1.2 billion less to spend.

The Democrats' list includes a hospital provider fee that would be matched with federal dollars to increase funding for health care services that those facilities provide.

Senate Democrats also want a fee on insurance claims to be matched with federal dollars to increase the amount of money available for the uninsured to buy health insurance. Senate Bill 1616, which contained the specifics of the insurance claims fee, died in the House last month.

Democrats, the minority in the Legislature, also want adequate funding for senior nutrition and the Rural Economic Action Plan, a program that supports rural infrastructure and economic development. Henry's proposed budget calls for a one-year moratorium on REAP funding in the coming fiscal year... FULL ARTICLE


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