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Lawmakers talk spending versus saving as legislative session nears

Is your family budget really like the federal budget?
Rep. Kyle Hilbert says the state ought to invest in higher education for teachers and engineers; Sen. Julia Kirt says it ought to focus on spending for caregiving

The Oklahoman reported Wednesday that top officials are taking a cautious stance on the state's largest budget since 2010. In a discussion hosted by the Oklahoma Policy Institute last week, Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R-Bristow) and Sen. Julia Kirt (D-Oklahoma City) shared thoughts on when to spend. Listen above to their comments. Rep. Danny Williams (R-Seminole) also took part in the conversation.

Before joining Public Radio Tulsa, Elizabeth Caldwell was a freelance reporter and a teacher. She holds a master's from Hollins University. Her audio work has appeared at KCRW, CBC's The World This Weekend, and The Missouri Review. She is a south Florida native.