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Senate leader confident budget will be resolved, avoiding special session: The leader of the Oklahoma State Senate said Thursday he is confident lawmakers will pass a budget by deadline. “We will get our work done,” said Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz, R-Altus. “We will get a budget passed. We will get it on the governor’s desk, and it will go into effect.” His comments came a day after Gov. Mary Fallin criticized lawmakers for not sending her revenue-raising bills to fill an $878 million budget hole while the clock ticks toward adjournment [Tulsa World].
We support Gov. Mary Fallin’s ultimatum to the Legislature: The good news for Oklahoma is that at least one of the principals in state budget negotiations gets it. Gov. Mary Fallin warned state lawmakers Wednesday that she will veto any budget that contains deep cuts to state agencies. That would shut down the legislative progress toward adjournment and shift the Capitol into crisis mode with the July 1 beginning of the fiscal year just over the horizon. Good for her [Editorial Board / Tulsa World].
Legislature 0.8 Percent of the Way to Closing Budget Gap After Senate Passes Four Revenue Bills: A day after Gov. Mary Fallin chastised lawmakers for a lack of progress in closing Oklahoma’s $878 million budget gap, the Senate sent her four bills worth a total estimated $7.4 million in new revenue next year. One of those bills given final passage by the Senate, however, won’t have an impact until 2023. House Bill 2358 ends a fuel tax discount on July 1, 2022. Senator Roger Thompson said the discount was instituted to benefit retailers doing all the administrative work [KWGS]. How would you fix the budget? With Together Oklahoma, we’ve created an online budget simulator, where you can put yourself in lawmakers’ shoes and choose how to fix the state budget [OK Policy].
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