Budget Agreement Starts Legislative Process

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By State Rep. Toni Hasenbeck

On Wednesday, I joined members of the House and Senate for a press conference with Gov. Stitt to announce our budget proposal for FY2020. The budget proposal balances the needs of our state agencies while also preparing us to weather a future economic downturn.

Our budget puts $200 million into our state savings account, which puts Oklahoma on the path to storing two months of expenses to protect core services in difficult times. One reason why state agencies were cut so severely over the last few years was because Oklahoma didn’t have money saved up to help sustain programs when our economy suffered. As a state that relies heavily on our fluctuating oil and gas industry, it’s essential that we have a plan in place to protect our agencies and citizens the next time our economy takes a hit.

There are several sections of the budget that I am particularly excited about because they are specifically geared to help rural Oklahoma.

 

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