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Sun February 13, 2011

School Funding

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin's ideas designed to soften Okla. budget cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) If Oklahoma legislators elect to ignore Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to shield education, health care and public safety from deep cuts in next year's state budget, they'll have to develop their own ideas for dealing with an expected $600 million shortfall.

Fallin is proposing the consolidation of state agencies and services, shifting to a two-year system on car tags and issuing bonds to pay for transportation and other projects.

Still, fiscal analysts fear all of her projected cost savings won't add up and that would leave it to lawmakers to make even more drastic cuts in state programs decimated by two years of dwindling revenues.

Fallin says under her proposal, cuts to most state agencies would be limited to 5 percent, with education, health and public safety taking 3 percent cuts.