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Panel to discuss budget actions

Panel to discuss budget actions

Associated Press, KSOW-TV

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state agency that regulates utilities, oil and natural gas activity and some aspects of the telecommunications and transportation industries is looking for ways to make up a $1.9 million budget shortfall.

Matt Skinner, spokesman for the three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission, says furloughs and other job actions are the table for dealing with the deficit.

The commission will discuss its budget woes at its regular meeting on Thursday.

The agency received a 5% cut in its general appropriations for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It also is losing revenue tied to a downturn in oil and gas drilling.

The members of the commission are elected statewide. They are chairman Bob Anthony, Jeff Cloud and Dana Murphy.

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