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Pressure mounts for Oklahoma legislators to reach a state budget agreement

Pressure mounts for Oklahoma legislators to reach a state budget agreement

NewsOK

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT

Published: May 9, 2010

An agreement on a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year has to be made this week or lawmakers may have to return in special session, the governor’s chief budget adviser said.

If something isn’t worked out early this week, the "likelihood of a special session increases dramatically,” said state Treasurer Scott Meacham, who serves as secretary of revenue and finance on Gov. Brad Henry’s Cabinet. "If we don’t get something worked out, there’s going to be a blowup. And then I think it takes time for everything to settle back down and you need to get back to work.”

Henry and House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee said they felt confident a budget could be approved before the session adjourns in three weeks.

"We’re making progress,” Henry said. "We will have a budget proposal for the entire Legislature to consider very shortly.”... FULL ARTICLE


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