State budget cuts could endanger federal funds that flow into the state, resulting in deeper losses for some programs. For some programs, a $1 investment in state funds means $3 in federal funds. When state officials cut programs they could be losing federal dollars as well. "We want to minimize the loss of federal dollars as much as possible,” state Treasurer Scott Meacham said. "But we’re losing some federal dollars already. We don’t know how much at this point.” Federal funds help pay for services like medical care for veterans, nutrition programs and health care. Those federal dollars are matched with state dollars and when there is a decrease in state aid, federal dollars in some cases flow out of the state. Dismal state revenue collections have forced state agencies to cut their budgets. Agency budgets will be cut 10 percent in December and January as officials look for ways to fill a $450.7 million budget shortfall. Cuts earlier this budget year have already saved the state $278 million. But leaner state budgets could mean a deep loss in federal funding. To help trim the budget, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority has cut $26.6 million in state dollars and lost $83.4 million, said Nico Gomez, spokesman. Any reduction in state dollars for health care means a loss of $3 in federal dollars, Gomez said. Those federal dollars won’t be used by another state, but will simply sit until Oklahoma increases its state fund match again, Gomez said. At the Transportation Department, which receives about $450 million in federal funds each year, officials are cutting travel and overtime in an effort to keep funds for programs with federalmatches, said Mike Patterson, the department’s chief financial officer. While federal dollars aren’t in danger yet, further cuts could make it difficult for the state to cash in at the end of the federal fiscal year when unused transportation funds are re-distributed, Patterson said. "We won’t know the impact (of state budget cuts) until fall,” he said. By leveraging state funds in some years, Oklahoma has received as much as $32 million in federal funds for transportation projects.