A state senator says Gov. Brad Henry should use some of the discretionary funds he received as part of the federal stimulus dollars to replace money cut from Oklahoma’s senior nutrition program. However, legislators and the governor have already agreed to spend that money, a governor’s spokesman said Thursday.
Sen. Patrick Anderson sent a letter to Henry on Wednesday and issued a news release Thursday calling for the governor to use the federal funds to make up for the $7.4 million cut from the senior nutrition program. The money, which was to pay for senior nutrition centers and home-delivered meals to seniors, was cut by the state Department of Human Services.
"I can’t think of a better use for the governor’s discretionary money than to help ensure that our seniors don’t have to go without a meal,” said Anderson, R-Enid, in his news release.
Oklahoma received $641 million in stimulus budget stabilization funds and $105 million in so-called stimulus discretionary funds for this fiscal year.
All are earmarked to be spent in this fiscal year’s budget, said Paul Sund, Henry’s communications director.