Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed a $7.1 billion state appropriations bill that allocates about $80 million in new revenue for common education and $37.1 million for targeted pay raises to some of the most underpaid state employees.
The new budget is about the same size as last year’s budget.
Many state agencies will receive 5.5 percent budget reductions, but some agencies fared better.
The state Department of Human Services will receive a $44 million budget increase, which includes $36 million to fund the third year of a child welfare improvement plan called the Pinnacle Plan. That plan is part of a settlement agreement to a federal class-action lawsuit alleging maltreatment of children in state custody.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will receive $4.6 million for trooper pay raises; the Corrections Department will receive $5 million to give raises to corrections employees; and $20 million is set aside for raises for state employees who are the most underpaid compared with private sector salaries.
Higher education received a flat budget.