Big Budget Cuts Coming In Oklahoma

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A Republican leader in the Oklahoma House says budget cuts of up to $100 million are likely following the failure of legislation to pay for a $5,000 teacher raise and fund government services.

Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols said Tuesday (2/13) officials will use available funds to balance this year’s budget after the House late Monday (2/12) voted 63-35 on the bill, 13 votes short of the three-quarters majority needed to pass a money-raising measure.

Echols says additional budget cuts to state agencies are likely in the final three months of the fiscal year that ends on June 30.

Govermpr Mary Fallin’s press secretary, Michael McNutt, says the bill was the only revenue measure under consideration and the governor’s office will focus on finalizing a balanced budget for the current fiscal year.

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