Gov. Mary Fallin releases executive budget plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has released an executive budget proposal that calls for agency consolidations to cut costs and work through a $600 million budget shortfall.

Fallin released the budget proposal on Monday, the opening day of the 2011 Oklahoma Legislature.

The governor is asking every state agency to take a budget cut. Agencies that offer high-priority services such as public safety, education and health and human services will take significantly smaller cuts.

The budget calls for the consolidation of several agencies as well as modernization efforts to make agencies more efficient and effective. They include moving state agencies from paper to electronic billing and payments, moving universities from their own purchasing card systems to the state purchasing card system and consolidating technology resources.

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