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Fallin's signature puts an end to 2018 budget turmoil

Fallin's signature puts an end to 2018 budget turmoil

by Dale Denwalt
Published: February 27, 2018 5:35 PM CDT
Updated: February 27, 2018 6:00 PM CDT

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed the final version of this year's budget, which cuts $44.7 million from state agencies over the next four months.

House Bill 1020 closes out work on the fiscal year 2018 budget cycle that ends June 30. Most agencies must cut between 1 percent and 2 percent from their remaining spending plans.

The original 2018 budget was adopted last May as lawmakers finished the 2017 legislative session, but it was partially funded by a cigarette fee that the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in August.

Since then, lawmakers have struggled to reach an agreement on how to fill the unexpected shortfall. Several proposals to raise taxes were considered but ultimately failed as House leaders were not able to court enough Democrats or conservative Republicans to support a plan. This version of the budget was considered the final option... FULL ARTICLE

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