While our nation’s Capitol has yet to produce a budget for more than three years, Oklahoma is set to have its annual budget ready to go this week. It may not be the greatest budget in the world, but hey, at least we have one!
House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) announced on KTOK’s Reid Mullins Show this week that the House and Senate reached a budget agreement, and is expected to be passed and signed by Governor Mary Fallin. NewsOK.com reports some of the specifics of the agreement, highlighting a lack of pay increase for state workers.
It does include a public school and teacher health benefit funding increase, but none such increase for prisons or corrections officers. This has already drawn criticism from many groups, such as the Oklahoma State Troopers Association and Oklahoma Public Employees Association.
To be clear, no budget has been passed as yet, but rather a deal was reached on what will be in the budget. Once there are final numbers, they can be analyzed and criticized, as is our custom in this state. Look for that in the next week or two.