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9:39 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Employee Group Sides with GOP

Tulsa, OK – State employees group wants Dec. special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state's largest state workers organization says it agrees with Republican state Senate leaders who are calling for a special session of the Legislature in December.

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association said Monday declining revenues are forcing many state employees to face furloughs, reductions-in-force and voluntary buyouts and that immediate action is needed.

State revenues came in below expectations for the 10th straight month in October. State financial officials have already ordered 5 percent cuts in state agencies' budgets through the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Those cuts followed a 7 percent cut at most agencies in May.

Gov. Brad Henry has proposed a special session in January, after the state Board of Equalization meets on Dec. 21 to release available preliminary revenue estimates.