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Henry defends plan to use 'rainy day' fund

Henry defends plan to use 'rainy day' fund

The governor fires back at critics of his proposed budget.

Tulsa World

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

Published: 2/6/2010 2:23 AM
Last Modified: 2/6/2010 4:50 AM

MIDWEST CITY — Gov. Brad Henry on Friday chided critics of his proposed budget for next fiscal year and his plan to use a large portion of the state's "rainy day" fund to plug holes in the current budget.

Speaking to members of the Oklahoma Press Association at the 2010 Mid-Winter convention, Henry defended his proposal to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases made from businesses without a physical presence in Oklahoma and for consolidating the functions of several agencies.

Henry delivered his State of the State address Monday to a joint session of the Legislature and released his plans for handling the fiscal year 2011 budget, which is expected to be at least $1.3 billion or 20 percent less than the current state spending plan.

"It is really counterproductive to criticize and criticize and not offer solutions," Henry said. "After all, the people of the state of Oklahoma elected us to be statesmen and not critics." ... FULL ARTICLE

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