Amid furloughs, senators rip House carryover funds
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democrats in the both the House and Senate
are criticizing Republican House leaders for having an estimated $4
million in carryover funds amid the state's budget crisis.
Complaints were aired Thursday, one day after the Senate
announced a plan to require all of its employees to take 12
furlough days before the end of the year and other cost cutting
State Rep. Scott Inman criticized the carryover balance as a
"slush fund" and says some of that money should be used to help
ease cuts to critical state services like health care or teacher
But House Speaker Chris Benge defended the reserves as prudent
management and says appropriations to the House have remained flat
over the last several years.