OK Senate Approves Budget

The Oklahoma Senate has approved a $6.8 billion budget proposal to fund state government over the objections of members who say it relies too much on one-time sources of revenue that won’t be available next year.

The Senate voted 30-16 for the bill and sent it to the House, where there is bipartisan opposition and may not be enough votes to pass it.

Several Republican senators expressed disappointment there weren’t further cuts to state tax credits for the wind industry that are expected to cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in future years.

Others complained about an increase in funding for the Legislature when social services agencies are being slashed.

Both the House and Senate must approve the budget by Friday (5/27) or call a special session.