Any proposed budget has winners and losers, and the state budget Gov. Mary Fallin proposed Monday has plenty of both. Here are brief summaries of some of the biggest winners and losers:
• High-income taxpayers: Oklahoma's top income tax rate would be lowered from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1.
• Oklahoma state troopers: $5 million in new money would go to the Department of Public Safety for trooper pay raises. The agency's plan calls for granting pay raises averaging 22 percent to troopers beginning Jan. 1. The governor also is proposing to continue paying $5 million a year to fund the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper academy.
• Education Department: The department would receive a $50 million funding increase to pay for local school district operations, reading sufficiency programs, charter school building funds and teacher benefit costs.
• Department of Human Services: Agency would receive $36 million in new funding to improve child welfare services and grant pay raises to child welfare workers.
• Corrections Department: Agency would receive $2.4 million in new funding for operational needs as determined by the new director.
• Quick Action Closing Fund: The governor wants an additional $5 million for her Quick Action Closing Fund, which she says has been instrumental in the recruitment of new businesses and retention of old business. She credits the fund with helping attract General Electric and Macy's to the state and says they are bringing a combined 2,625 new jobs and $280 million in new investment to Oklahoma.
• Chief medical examiner's office: $2 million in new money would be appropriated to pay debt service on the construction of a new building for the agency on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.
• Ethics Commission: $780,000 in new money would go to the agency to replace its antiquated campaign, lobbyist and candidate financial reporting software system.
• Long Range Capital Planning Commission: The commission would receive $2 million to begin reforming the state's infrastructure and capital project planning process.
• Capitol building repairs: The governor is proposing a $120 million bond issue for state Capitol repairs, with $7.68 million appropriated for the first year's debt service.
• Most state agencies: With the exception of the few state agencies cited above, most state agencies would be asked to absorb a 5 percent reduction in their appropriations. The governor's own office and the state Legislature are among the dozens of entities the governor wants 5 percent cuts.
• State agency revolving funds: Oklahoma state agencies have about $830 million stashed in agency revolving funds, which are funds agencies collect from fees and other sources that they typically get to keep to fund continuing operations. The governor's budget proposes tapping those funds for $83 million that would be returned to the state's general fund to pay for various government operations.
• Most state employees: State employees expecting pay raises are likely to be disappointed by the governor's budget. There are targeted pay raises to state troopers and child welfare employees provided in the budget, but no funds for a general pay increase. In addition, the governor is proposing to shift new state employees who participate in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System to a 401(k)-style defined benefit plan, which would result in the state paying less overall into their pension benefits. Still, some new employees would come out ahead financially under the proposed system — especially those who don't stay employed by the state for a long time.
• Arts Council, Historical Society, J.M. Davis Memorial Commission, Will Rogers Memorial Commission, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission: The governor wants to consolidate these state agencies into the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. These agencies would lose autonomy and the combined state agency would receive 9.5 percent less money, overall.
Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau