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Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for July 4, 2013

Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for July 4, 2013
Modified: July 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: July 4, 2013

Lawmaker seeks more budget studies

A legislator said Wednesday that lawmakers should get serious about improving the state budget process and the use of agency carry-over funds. Rep. Joe Dorman said he has requested two interim legislative studies to look into the issues. Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said improving the budget process, particularly through concepts like zero-based budgeting, has been brought up in discussions among lawmakers year after year, but never seriously studied. Dorman said lawmakers also must keep closer watch of carry-over funds. “If an agency has a valid reason to carry over funds, we should know the reason,” he said. “If they are simply stockpiling funds, this hurts other agencies which might be experiencing a shortfall.”