New Oklahoma legislative session to review agency funds

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: December 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm •  Published: January 31, 2010
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/> At the state Department of Public Safety, officials are looking for ways to cut costs in hopes of avoiding furloughs, said Maj. Rusty Rhoades. If the department doesn’t find savings to make up its budget cuts, troopers and staff will be forced to take 16 furlough days.

One plan could include taking troopers out of specialized investigation divisions and putting them back on the roads, Rhoades said. Putting more troopers on turnpikes also could help the bottom line since the Turnpike Authority pays for those troopers.

"We don’t want to compromise public safety. We want to minimize the impact to the public.”


Furloughs

The following state agencies have submitted furlough plans to help save money and absorb budget cuts:

→Food, Forestry and Agriculture

→Commerce

Department

→Office of Disability Concerns

→Fire Marshalls Office

→Historical Society

→Indigent Defense System

→Office of Juvenile Affairs

→Pardon and Parole Board

→Tourism and Recreation Department

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Furloughs had been proposed for the Corporation Commission, the Corrections Department and the Will Rogers Memorial Commission. As of Friday, enough money had been found to keep employees from having to take furloughs.

Source: State Office of Personnel Management

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