Roads Or Schools? Oklahoma Transportation Commission Gets Ready For Less Money

Apr 7, 2014

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.

Credit Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

Transportation is scheduled to receive $59 million in funding this year, and an increasing amount every year until its road and bridge fund receives $575 million. The bill would instead direct half that revenue to education, starting with $29.8 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Transportation commissioners are to meet starting at 11 a.m. Monday inOklahoma City.


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