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Oklahoma State Regents approve $957M budget request for 2018

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is asking the Legislature for a more than 18 percent increase in its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The panel that oversees the state's 25 public colleges and universities voted Thursday to request $957.9 million for the fiscal year that begins in July. That's an 18.3 percent increase over the current year's appropriation of $810 million.

The request comes despite the likelihood that Oklahoma lawmakers will be facing another massive budget shortfall next year.

The current year's budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature slashed funding for higher education by about $150 million, a cut of nearly 16 percent.

The State Regents also said in a statement they intend to oppose legislative efforts to allow more guns on college campuses.

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