DALLAS — The Oklahoma Legislature will begin considering a budget bill Thursday after Gov. Mary Fallin and fellow Republican leaders reached agreement on a $6.5 billion spending plan for fiscal 2012.

The proposal cuts spending for public education by 4.7%, higher education by 5.8%, and health and human services by 1.2%. Total spending is down 3.2% from $6.7 billion in fiscal 2011. Most state agencies will see a 1% to 9% reduction.

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