Local & Regional
Mon April 29, 2013
Oklahoma Reps Say They're Left Out of Budget Process
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republican officials are keeping a tight lid on who gets how much money in their forthcoming state budget proposal and several legislators — Democrat and Republican alike — say they haven't been included in the negotiations.
Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker T. W. Shannon and a handful of other high-level Republicans say they meet regularly to negotiate the budget's outlines, which could be introduced to the full Legislature in the next week or two.
Democratic Rep. Eric Proctor, Republican Rep. Mike Reynolds and others say that means the rest of the Legislature has no idea what the budget will look like and that most Oklahoma voters have little say.
But Shannon says every member has different ideas and a few leaders must come to a compromise.