Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House cuts 16 legislative assistant jobs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma House officials say 16 more jobs have been eliminated to cope with a budget deficit.
House Speaker-designate Kris Steele said Friday 12 full-time legislative assistants and four part-time positions were cut. Officials didn't identify the workers but a spokesman says the part-time positions were vacant.
Eleven members of the House's staff were fired last week, including members of Steele's staff and other House divisions.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council votes to deny the mayor's reimbursement for a Washington D-C trip. The trip was made for by the Tulsa Community foundation and given directly to the mayor---by passing city council oversight.
The mayor plans to return the seven thousand dollars and will consult with the city attorney on his next step.
Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin promotes 'targeted' cuts in Okla spending
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov.-elect Mary Fallin says she will not endorse across-the-board cuts to state agencies as leaders grapple with a massive hole in next year's state budget.
Fallin said Wednesday after a chamber event in Oklahoma City that she supports "targeted, thoughtful reductions in spending" as lawmakers deal with an expected shortfall when they return to the Capitol in February.