LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - As lawmakers prepare to restart the discussion on the state's budget, a local group of nonprofit organizations is touring the state to collect testimonies from Oklahomans.
The Save Our State coalition held its first meeting of its "Blueprint for a Better Budget" community conversation tour Tuesday night.
The coalition of Oklahoma non-profit groups met with Lawton residents to discuss the effects the state's ongoing budget hole has had on the area.
Coalition member Amber England says their goal is to send a message to state lawmakers about the budget — a message crafted from the very people the special session will affect the most.
"No one knows the impact of budget cuts better than the people on the front lines: our state employees, our teachers, out students who are having to be in classrooms with 30 kids that are sharing 5 textbooks," she said. "Lawmakers need to understand that they have the opportunity to actually get this right during special session and we need to build a better budget for the state of Oklahoma”
After that, they plan to share those stories and experiences with Lawmakers.