Oklahoma agencies may see their budgets cut next year by 7% or more rather than the less-severe cuts sought earlier as lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin continue to negotiate the fiscal 2012 budget.
Sen. Paul Myers, R-Ponca City, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said some agencies might face cuts of up to 10% without action soon on two of Fallin’s key budget-balancing proposals.
Fallin, a Republican, has asked for a two-year registration system for non-commercial vehicles that would generate $104 million in 2012, and two bond issues that would provide $200 million for other uses.
Fallin’s debt plan includes a $100 million bond issue for state road projects and $100 million for information technology upgrades.
The governor’s proposed $6.2 billion state budget covers a $600 million revenue shortfall with agency cuts of 3% to 5%.
Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, said he hopes to reach an agreement on the budget this week.
The Oklahoma Legislature must approve state funding for local public education by April 1 under a law passed in 2003.
The state’s fiscal year begins July 1.