So what was included in the budget? The Legislature — the House, Senate, and Legislative Service Bureau — received a combined increase of $7 million on top of last year's $2 million increase. That includes $5 million to remodel currently unused Capitol offices.
Why not use that $5 million for correctional officers or state troopers? It wouldn't meet all needs, but would provide a good start. Instead, Oklahomans are left to wonder if the governor and lawmakers value refurbished offices more than public safety.