OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday advanced a series of bills as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget agreement announced earlier this week.
“Oklahoma has weathered challenging times before, and we will get through this storm too. Our fiscal position is stronger today because of our actions during the last downturn and our decision last year to save money,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “This is a far better budget than most expected considering the toll taken on state revenues by the coronavirus pandemic and depressed oil and gas prices. The budget prioritizes education and other core services that Oklahomans rely upon. I want to thank Senator Thompson and the appropriations subcommittee chairs for their diligent, round-the-clock work on this budget.”
Senator Roger Thompson, R-Okemah and Senate Appropriations Committee chair, said, “This budget prioritizes public schools and serves the state by mitigating impact on other core services. When you consider federal relief funds, public schools should not see any cut for this fiscal year. Nearly every state is struggling in this time to make accurate fiscal projections. We are looking at the possibility of supplemental appropriations to restore some of these reductions if revenues improve as we expect them to.”
Senate-passed FY’21 budget bills: