Okla. legislators, governor reach deal on budget

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - House and Senate Republicans are meeting to discuss a tentative budget deal reached between legislative leaders and the governor.

Gov. Mary Fallin's spokesman Alex Weintz says there is a tentative agreement and a formal announcement is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

House Speaker T.W. Shannon said on his way into the caucus meeting he could discuss the agreement further "as soon as we get buy-in from the caucus."

Lawmakers this year have about $7 billion to appropriate, which is $217 million more than they spent last year. Legislators also have access to additional money in various state accounts.

House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Scott Martin said Wednesday he was optimistic this year's budget would include an extra $75 million to $100 million in additional funding for public education.

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