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Oklahoma governor approves $7.1 billion appropriations bill

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday signed the state budget bill, which includes new money for schools and funding for targeted pay raises.
by Rick Green Published: June 3, 2014
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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.

by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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