OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - As state lawmakers grapple with dwindling state revenue, House Speaker Chris Benge has suspended paying for out-of-state travel by House members.
Benge on Friday said the decision was made based on a review of revenues during the first month of the fiscal year and the expectation of continued declining revenues.
State officials are considering a special session to rework the fiscal year 2010 budget after first-month revenues were substantially lower than expected.
General revenue fund collections for July were 26 percent less than the previous year and 18 percent less than the official state estimate on which the budget was based.
The House last year spent more than $98,000 on out-of-state travel. So far this year, more than $37,000 has been spent.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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