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General appropriations bill signed by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry

General appropriations bill signed by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry


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By The Associated Press
Published: June 2, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Brad Henry has signed legislation that will fund state agencies and services during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Henry signed the state's general appropriations bill on Tuesday. He also signed 40 other bills into law, many of them dealing with appropriations to state agencies.

The state's $7.2 billion budget plan for the upcoming year uses $631 million in federal economic stimulus dollars to increase spending for education and health care, while cutting other agencies by 7 percent overall.

It represents a 1.9 percent increase over last year's budget. Without the stimulus money, spending would be $494 million, or 7 percent, below last year's $7 billion appropriation.

The state budget does not dip into the state's constitutional Rainy Day Fund, which stands at almost $600 million.

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