Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: August 23, 2007
Senator Glenn Coffee
Criminal Justice Resource Center Receives 12% Spending
Reduction for FY 2008
Oklahoma Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee said that
he, Speaker of the House Lance Cargill, and Senate President Pro
Tempore Mike Morgan, have approved a FY 2008 budget work program for
the Criminal Justice Resource Center (CJRC) that reduces spending
for the current year by $80,559, an amount equal to 12 percent of
the agency’s appropriation. The Criminal Justice Resource Center is
a division of the Legislative Service Bureau.
Coffee said it became clear that spending reductions were needed
when a budget review showed that the CJRC was spending hundreds of
thousands of dollars more a year than its incoming revenues.
The spending reductions are structured in a way that no full-time
CJRC employees will lose their jobs or face pay cuts.
The original budget plan for FY 2008 submitted by the CJRC to
legislative leaders proposed spending $210,000 more than the
agency’s revenues, which would have wiped out most of the CJRC’s
budget carryover. This plan was rejected, but legislative leaders
approved a revised budget plan with the reduced spending levels.
Last year, the CJRC’s spending exceeded its revenues by over
“CJRC is part of the legislative branch, and legislative leaders
have a duty to ensure it is operated in a fiscally responsible
manner. The CJRC has been spending money at an unsustainable rate,
so it was both necessary and prudent to implement these spending
restraints,” Coffee said. “The silver lining in this situation is
that we creating efficiency and cutting fat at a government agency,
and that’s great for Oklahoma taxpayers,” Coffee said.
Additional changes at the Criminal Justice Resource Center are
possible following the completion of an independent performance
review of the state’s prison system. The audit includes a review of
State law (22 O.S. § 1517) requires the director of the CJRC to
receive approval from legislative leaders for the agency’s budget,
and provides that the CJRC must operate “within the budget limits”
set by legislative leaders.
For more information, contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5654