With gains in Okla, GOP touts ambitious agenda

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican lawmakers, emboldened by historic gains in November's election, have laid out an ambitious agenda for the legislative session that begins Monday - overhauling the state's pension, civil justice, workers' compensation, education and criminal justice systems.

But tempering their enthusiasm is a projected $600 million hole in the state budget that promises further cuts to state agencies and programs already decimated by back-to-back years of dwindling state revenues.

Gov. Mary Fallin will present her proposal for a balanced budget to lawmakers on Monday, when she delivers her first State of the State address.

Fallin says her budget plan will include cuts averaging 5% for most state agencies, although education, public safety and health and human services agencies may only be faced with 3% cuts.

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