How would you fix the budget?

Oklahoma lawmakers have just a few more weeks to balance the state budget. Their budget decisions are deeply important for Oklahomans’ lives, yet with so many budget needs and revenue proposals flying around, it can be hard for the average voter to see the big picture.

That’s why we’ve created an online budget simulator with Together Oklahoma, where you can put yourself in lawmakers’ shoes and choose how to fix the state budget. In three easy steps, the budget simulator allows you to choose where to find the $750 million in new revenue needed to close Oklahoma’s budget shortfall and avoid devastating cuts to core services. You can also choose to make additional investments in Oklahoma services, like funding a teacher pay raise, making sure rural hospitals can stay in business, and diverting people away from prison with smart on crime mental health treatment.

After deciding on your spending priorities, you can choose from numerous options of how to pay for that spending in a responsible way. These options include policies that have been proposed by the Save Our State coalition (including OK Policy), by House Democrats, by Governor Mary Fallin, or that we know are being considered by the Legislature.

We invite you to try the budget simulator and share your decisions on social media to help more Oklahomans understand the options we have to invest in ourselves this year. After you’ve done that, you can sign up to stay informed about actions you can take to make that budget a reality.

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Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

2 thoughts on “How would you fix the budget?

  1. The first thing I would do is create a organization based on polices and issues. The effects would help to create opportunities in many productive ways. Most of us are living pay check to pay check trying to make ends-meet. Many people that work hard deserves so much better. I would want to encourage my community for us to build a trust worthy and loyal elective officials.

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