Lawmakers near deal to raid savings accounts, cut budgets

November 15, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature is nearing a deal on closing the state’s budget gap through a combination of cuts to most agency budgets and a raid on agency savings accounts.

The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that cuts about $60 million from appropriations across state agencies. Most of the cuts amounted to a 2.4 percent reduction in agency allocations for the year. The bill still must pass the Senate and be signed by the governor.

About a dozen agencies were spared cuts, including public schools, prisons, the Department of Health, Court of Criminal Appeals, the legal system for indigents and to Rehabilitation Services.

Cuts of less than 2 percent were made to agencies that include the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

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