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Oklahoma Senate approves $8.1B spending plan

Oklahoma Senate approves $8.1B spending plan
Published: Wed, May 22, 2019 9:52 AM

The Oklahoma Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to an $8.1 billion spending plan that includes teacher pay raises, pay bumps for state employees and builds on the common education funding increase the Legislature appropriated last year.

Having cleared both chambers of the Legislature, the fiscal year 2020 general appropriations bill that outlines state spending for next year now heads to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk for final approval.

The $8.3 billion budget, which includes $8.1 billion in spending and $200 million in savings, is the largest in the state’s history.

For the second year in a row, the budget grants pay raises for state employees, at a cost of $37.7 million... FULL ARTICLE

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