Fallin signs largest spending bill in state history, $7.6B

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law the largest spending bill in Oklahoma history that pumps hundreds of millions of new dollars into public education and state agencies, much of it for raises for teachers and state workers.

Fallin on Monday signed the $7.6 billion general appropriations bill, which boosts funding by more than 10 percent over last year's spending levels. The bill includes nearly $500 million in new spending for public schools, an increase of about 20 percent for education that mostly funds teacher pay hikes.

Much of the new revenue comes from a package of tax increases on cigarettes, fuel and energy production.

Fallin specifically praised the funding increases for education, mental health services and for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities.

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