Budget meetings reconvene at the state capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)- The Oklahoma House of Representatives reconvened this morning in the wake of a failure to pass a state budget yesterday at the capitol.

The bill pushed yesterday would have bridged a $215-million shortfall by raising taxes on cigarettes, gasoline, and alcohol.

It would have also raised wages for teachers and state workers, though Democrats did not support it because it would not increase taxes on oil and natural gas production.

"This package includes just about everybody else except for the wealthy oil and gas industry," Rep. Regina Goodwin said.

House leaders are set to meet today to talk about teacher pay raises. The Senate budget committee will also meet at that time.

Failure to pass the revenue-raising bill could results in millions of dollars in cuts to several services in the state.

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