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Budget Work Continues at Oklahoma Capitol

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By Associated Press

Oklahoma City, OK – Budget work shouldn't require special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders have agreed to keep their negotiations for next year's budget secret, but all parties agree that a special session shouldn't be necessary.

The governor and lawmakers have already exchanged proposals for the budget, which is expected to require some cuts from this year's $7.1 billion budget.

While the state has about $900 million less in general fund revenues, House Speaker Chris Benge says he believes the budget will be less than $300 million smaller than last year because of federal stimulus funds.

Lawmakers hope to wrap up their work by May 22, a week before required by the state Constitution. To get the budget work done, lawmakers plan to work on the next two Fridays instead of taking their usual day off.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.