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Sun March 30, 2014

At Legislative Midpoint, Negotiations To Begin On Oklahoma Budget, Policy

Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders agree in principle on cutting taxes, a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Capitol and revamping the pension system for state workers, but each side has different ideas on the specifics.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) at Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State address - February 3, 2014.
House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) at Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State address - February 3, 2014.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As the Oklahoma Legislature reaches its halfway point, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) and new House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) are expected to begin working toward a compromise on some of those big-ticket items.

They must also work with the governor's office on building a budget with a $188 million shortfall.

Hickman says House Republicans hope to find as much as $125 million in new funding for common education, an amount that could lead to cuts in other areas of state government.

Top-level budget negotiations are expected to begin during the next few weeks.

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