future budget cuts

State agencies are being asked to return to the Capitol to have an in-depth discussion about their budgets, the leaders of the House and the Senate said Thursday. The meetings to discuss budgets are a result of the $611 million dollar shortfall authorized by the State Equalization Board last Tuesday.

Office of Juvenile Affairs Executive Director, T. Keith Wilson.
Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs

The Office of Juvenile Affairs may need to consider shutting down some juvenile facilities next fiscal year if the Legislature does not increase its appropriations.

Board members were told last month the agency would need a “substantial increase in the budget for 2016” to keep certain facilities operational.

On Friday, the board discussed a potential budget for fiscal year 2016 that calls for an increase of $21.1 million in appropriations. No action was taken on the proposed budget but a myriad of needs for the agency were discussed.