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More openness sought in Oklahoma’s budget process

Oklahoma legislative leaders say there is room for improvement. The state’s budget now is negotiated in secret by leaders with the House, Senate and the governor’s office, leaving most lawmakers and citizens in the dark.

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: August 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm •  Published: August 19, 2012

The way legislators craft the state’s budget, which has evolved into secret meetings involving only a handful of key fiscal negotiators, should be more open so citizens and other lawmakers have a better understanding what’s in the money bill, legislative leaders say.

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