State budget bill could reach Gov Fallin’s desk by Friday

State budget bill could reach Gov Fallin’s desk by Friday

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)- A budget bill could reach Governor Mary Fallin's desk by tomorrow after the House approved a bill that cuts the budgets to several state agencies and gathers money from several "rainy day" funds. About a dozen agencies were spared cuts including public schools, prisons and the Department of Health.

Governor Fallin has called out lawmakers on how long it has taken to close the budget gap. She said the 8-week session has damaged the state's image -- and it could take years to undo that damage.

Meanwhile, an organization that speaks on behalf of Oklahoma schools has expressed its displeasure with the House's vote. The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration is not happy with the budget bill, which fails to address the much-promised teacher pay raise.

In a statement, the organization's executive director said in part,

"While there are no additional cuts to common education, the back-up plan leaves us right where we were at the end of the regular session, with no meaningful fix for the structural imbalance or teacher shortage in sight… We are doing a disservice to our children and our state by continuing to kick the can the down road."

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