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Oklahoma Policy Institute Responds to Governor's State of the State
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin delivered her State of the State address Monday afternoon.
Gov. Fallin asked for $20 million in supplemental funding for repairs to the Capitol and $8.5 million supplemental for the State Department of Education to pay for the costs of the flexible benefit allowance for public school teachers and staff.
About an hour later, the Oklahoma Policy Institute responded to her Speech. Director David Blatt released this statement in response to her State of the State and budget proposal:
"It is a positive sign for Oklahoma that the Governor has significantly scaled back her tax cut proposal from last year. Unfortunately, she continues to push for a cut that would take $106 million from Oklahoma schools, public safety, and other core state services without offering any way to pay for it.
The Governor rightfully recognized a need to invest in mental health care, drug treatment, and child welfare to fix longstanding problems in those areas. Yet in other areas her budget falls far short. Governor Fallin's common education proposal restores less than 5 percent of what Superintendent Barresi says our schools need to fund new mandates passed by the legislature, restore teacher cuts, and keep up with rising enrollment and class sizes.
The governor's budget fails utterly to address the dangerous situation in our corrections system of overcrowded jails with inadequate staff. Despite Governor Fallin's acknowledgement that our prosperity is closely linked to a state's education levels, her budget provides no new funds for higher education or CareerTech.
On health care, the Governor's continued refusal to accept 100 percent federal funding over the next three years to expand health care access for some 150,000 working Oklahomans and relieve the burden of uncompensated care for our health care providers is a huge missed opportunity that will undermine other efforts to make Oklahoma healthier."
Monday on the FOX 25 Primetime News at 9, we'll recap the Governor's speech.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:42 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Forecasters: Potential tornado threat for Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 19:41 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Forecasters with the National Weather Service say severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes are to move across much of Oklahoma.
Northwestern Oklahoma, including the Woodward area, faces the greatest threat late Saturday. On Sunday, the storm system is forecast to progress eastward, affecting Oklahoma City and Tulsa and areas in between.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman says there is a moderate risk of tornadoes Saturday in western Oklahoma. The threat area stretches north across Kansas and well into Nebraska.
A slight risk of severe storms reaches into central Oklahoma for Saturday night.
Sunday's moderate threat extends from south-central Oklahoma, through eastern Kansas and into western Missouri.
The Storm Prediction Center says the forecast map is still developing and that wind conditions that bring tornadoes could develop rapidly.
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