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Governor, lawmakers tackle budget shortfall

Governor, lawmakers tackle budget shortfall

Agency cuts trim the amount, but the 2010 budget is still short $284 million.

Tulsa World

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

Published: 2/19/2010 2:22 AM
Last Modified: 2/19/2010 6:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislative panels moved forward Thursday with a framework to shore up the ailing 2010 budget.

Gov. Brad Henry and legislative officials met late Thursday to work out more of the details.

The 2010 budget is facing a shortfall of about $668.6 million. Agency budget cuts of about $385 million trimmed that figure to $284 million.

The House and Senate General Conference Committee on Appropriations each passed a series of bills to aid education, public safety, health care and other agencies.

The plan calls for using $223.5 million from the state's "rainy day" fund to plug holes in the 2010 budget and an additional $223.5 million for the 2011 budget, said Randy Dowell, director of the Senate's fiscal staff... FULL ARTICLE

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