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Governor, House leaders in budget standoff with Senate

Governor, House leaders in budget standoff with Senate

The Journal Record
By: Steve Metzer
May 13, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt, House Speaker Charles McCall and other House lawmakers held a press conference on Monday to announce highlights of their proposed state budget for fiscal year 2020.

Absent were members of the state Senate.

Stitt said he was encouraged a week-and-a-half ago by progress being made in hammering out a budget and felt then that a final document was very near to completion. However, he said he was disappointed last week when the Senate shared some budget plans and priorities without his knowledge that didn’t align with those of his administration and the House.

Despite the setback, the governor said he remains optimistic that an agreement will be reached soon.

“I’m prepared to be here through to June, (but) I don’t think we’re going to have to be,” he said. “We have the chance to resolve this, to get this thing across the finish line.”

Speaker McCall agreed that Republicans, who dominate both chambers of the Legislature, are divided only on a few issues – education funding being far and away the biggest... FULL ARTICLE

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