OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday passed the appropriations bill to fully fund state government services for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts July 1.
“This is a tremendous budget for the state of Oklahoma that prioritizes and makes increased investments in education, provides tax relief for families and small businesses, and yet still maintains to keep more than $800 million in savings,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “A year ago, the state faced a $1.3 billion shortfall and there was great economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, this budget will help ensure the state can advance and thrive as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. It’s a huge accomplishment and I want to thank Senator Roger Thompson, Senator Chuck Hall, and Senate staff for their leadership and hard work.”
The Fiscal Year 2022 budget appropriates $8.8 billion.
"I'm very excited about this budget and what it does for the citizens of Oklahoma. I believe the behavioral health center for children at OU is going to be life-changing for countless families in our state," said Thompson, R-Okemah, and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "This is a positive budget that moves our state forward."
House Bill 2900 passed on a 38-9 vote and now goes to the governor for consideration.
"This has been my first year to serve as vice chair of Appropriations. Having seen how this process works and how the budget comes together, I could not be more proud of the tireless efforts of Chairman Thompson who has worked the entire year, along with our subcommittee chairs, to develop a budget that will meet the needs of the citizens of Oklahoma," said Hall, R-Perry.
In addition to the budget, the Senate adopted measures on Thursday lowering the tax burden on families and businesses. The FY’22 budget agreement highlights include: