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State Legislature Opens, State of the State Planned
Monday is a big day for lawmakers at the State Capitol.
The 54th Oklahoma Legislature begins Monday morning.
In her State of the State speech, the Governor will go over her seven billion dollar state budget.
She's expected to discuss details of her renewed call for a cut to the state's top personal income tax rate, which is currently 5.25%.
Fallin also will present lawmakers with her proposed executive budget, which she says will include additional funding for health care and mental health programs.
The Governor is proposing 16 million dollars for new and existing mental health services.
The money will include treatment counseling for children, suicide prevention incentives, crisis centers, and prescription drug treatment.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:43 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Oklahoma governor establishes disaster relief fund
May 21, 2013 20:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has established a disaster relief fund to help with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of tornados that have ravaged central Oklahoma in recent days.
Fallin said Tuesday she established the OK Disaster Relief Fund in conjunction with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The fund is designed to help victims of a tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people, and another that struck Shawnee on Sunday and left two people dead.
Fallin says Oklahomans are grateful for the global outpouring of support following the devastating tornadoes. She says the support will help meet many of the short-term needs of victims. But the governor says victims also face long-term challenges that the new disaster relief fund will help meet.
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