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State budget fix stalled as Stitt nixes meeting after project denied funding by Legislature

State budget fix stalled as Stitt nixes meeting after project denied funding by Legislature

Tulsa World
By Barbara Hoberock and Randy Krehbiel
Apr 7, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — A fight Monday over money for a government modernization effort that is one of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s personal priorities apparently threatens a patch to the COVID-19-induced leak in the state’s budget.

According to several sources, Stitt abruptly canceled a state equalization board meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday because he learned three bills passed a few hours earlier by the House of Representatives excluded the modernization project from the planned budget fix.

Those bills would make available $476 million from reserves to get the state through the rest of the year without spending cuts. Appropriators said that amount should cover a projected $416 million general revenue shortfall, make up for declines in special funds such as the so-called 1017 education funds and leave about $45 million for further emergencies... FULL ARTICLE

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