Clock Ticking as Oklahoma Lawmakers Work on State Budget
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The end of Oklahoma's legislative session is rapidly approaching, but budget negotiators say they still haven't decided how to divvy up nearly $6.6 billion to fund state programs like health care, prisons, roads and public schools.
Details about how they'll close a $611 million budget gap are being worked out, too.
But one thing is certain: Nearly every state agency will be forced to cut back programs and services provided to Oklahomans.
Republican leaders already have said they plan to use one-time money sources — such as the state's Rainy Day Fund — to offset some of the budget hole.
The Department of Education and the Health Care Authority may be spared heavy cuts, but still expect millions less in funding than needed.