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Oklahoma House approves $7.1. billion budget

Despite a last-minute effort by House Democrats, the measure still doesn't have pay raises for troopers or correctional officers. The Senate will take up the measure next week.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: May 10, 2013

Alternative plan

House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, released an alternative budget about an hour before the House took HB 2301. It included raises for troopers and correctional officers as well as state employees receiving a one-time $1,000 bonus. The plan also called for providing an extra $44 million on top of the $74 million increase for public schools that is in HB 2301.

Democrats in their plan took $22 million from a state panel that was charged with maintaining state buildings along with $7 million earmarked to pay for legislative operations and to renovate vacant space in the state Capitol into legislative offices and committee rooms. Inman said $50 million could be taken from the $60 million that Fallin and the Legislature agreed to be spent on Capitol repairs in the upcoming fiscal year.

“This budget is a clear indication of the budget authors' priorities,” he said. “Apparently it's more important to renovate buildings and office space than it is to educate our children or to fund public safety.”