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Oklahoma state agencies would be cut 4%, but 2.5% reduction in education would be reimbursed in proposed FY '21 budget, lawmakers say

Oklahoma state agencies would be cut 4%, but 2.5% reduction in education would be reimbursed in proposed FY '21 budget, lawmakers say

Tulsa World
By Barbara Hoberock
May 5, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislative leaders announced on Monday a proposed budget that would limit most state agency cuts to 4% but essentially hold education flat.

The package must be approved by both chambers before going to Gov. Kevin Stitt for consideration.

The budget makes reductions based on Stitt’s projection that the state will have nearly $1.4 billion less to spend in fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1.

“We still remain circumspect about the data used to create the executive branch’s projections, but we worked off their numbers,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Roger Thompson, R-Okemah. “We will consider supplemental appropriations to restore some of these reductions if revenues improve as we expect them to.”

The agreement calls for a budget of $7.7 billion, which is $237.8 million, or 3% less than the fiscal year 2020 budget... FULL ARTICLE

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