By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 26, 2017
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a $6.8 billion spending plan. The proposal passed by a vote of 57-42. It now heads to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin where she is expected to sign it. The spending plan results in a flat budget for common education. Clinton Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Hime reacts to the budget.
the budget does cut most state agencies by 4%. The spending plan was a last-minute effort by Republicans after they failed to reach an agreement with Democrats on revenues, specifically on gross production. Hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues were built into the budget that passed after a deadline for new taxes. Democrats say that's a constitutional violation that will leave a huge hole in the budget in a few months, and leaves the state wide open for legal challenges.