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Oklahoma House approves bills to balance ’10 budget

Oklahoma House approves bills to balance ’10 budget

MEASURES FACE TIGHT TIMELINE FOR GOVERNOR, SENATE APPROVAL TO AVERT AGENCY FURLOUGHS

NewsOK

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT

Published: February 26, 2010

The state House passed several appropriation bills Thursday designed to balance the current 2010 fiscal year budget.

The Senate is expected to consider the measures early next week. The bills then will be presented to the governor, who is expected to sign them, for he and legislative leaders brokered the agreement to provide emergency funding for several agencies and to wipe out the estimated $283 million deficit by June 30, the end of this fiscal year.

House Speaker Chris Benge said the governor’s signing the bills early next week should be enough time to avert trooper furloughs and some corrections furloughs scheduled to take effect in March.

"It should not cause any problems for agencies,” said Benge, R-Tulsa... FULL ARTICLE

 

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