State of the State Preview

Midwest City, OK – Fallin to propose cuts for all Okla. agencies

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has given the state a preview of the budget plan she'll deliver when the Legislature convenes Monday, and it isn't a pretty picture.

She told the Oklahoma Press Association Friday that because of a financial crunch, every state agency will be asked to cuts its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The newly inaugurated governor also said most agencies likely will see funding cut by 5 percent. But Fallin also said that public safety, education and health care programs would face smaller cuts.

Oklahoma is facing an estimated $600 million shortfall for the new budget year, which begins July 1. That amount totals about 10 percent of the current state fiscal plan. Fallin told editors and publishers meeting in Midwest City that Oklahoma will save some money by consolidating state agency operations and services.