Local & Regional
Mon October 19, 2009
By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma makes more cuts to budgets
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The effect of state budget cuts are continuing to ripple through Oklahoma agencies. In some cases, the cuts are hurting people who need help the most.
For instance, a cut in funding for the state Commission for Human Services means local programs won't get as much money as before. A Tulsa program that delivers food to house-bound senior citizens is cutting its work by about half, ending meal deliver for 1,100 people.
The state Medicaid program is likely to lose $100 million from its budget because of a $26 million state cut and a consequent loss of $75 million in federal matching money.
The Oklahoma Health Department says the only cuts it can make are employees, which make up nearly 80 percent of its budget.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com