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Oklahoma lawmakers introduce biggest spending bill in state history

Oklahoma lawmakers introduce biggest spending bill in state history

NewsOK
by Dale Denwalt  
Updated: April 25, 2018 5:00 AM CDT

Oklahoma will spend more than $7.5 billion over the next year, the biggest appropriation in state history.

Lawmakers introduced the annual spending bill Tuesday. It appropriates nearly a billion dollars more than the state spent in fiscal years 2017 and 2018. Most of the new revenue comes from tax hikes approved in special session, but other revenue is attributed to growth in Oklahoma's economy.

Unlike previous sessions, there was no grand news conference announcing a deal between the governor and legislative leaders. Instead, Senate Bill 1600 was introduced by legislative budget-writers and heard in the Senate and House Joint Committees on Appropriation and Budget, its first stop toward becoming law.

The bill is expected to be heard on the Senate floor on Wednesday, then on the House floor Friday. At that point, the legislation would be eligible for the governor's signature or veto... FULL ARTICLE

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