Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry joined with legislative leaders last week to announce an agreement on a fiscal 2009 budget that’s $100 million lower than the $7 billion budget for fiscal 2008. The budget contains few increases for stat agencies over fiscal 2008, and no raises for state employees or public school teachers.
“In a very challenging budget year, we did our best to stretch the state’s limited resources as far as possible,” Henry said. “Certainly, we wanted to do much more for education, health care, roads, public safety, and other important priority areas, but we had to live within our budget constraints.”