“The budget situation we face this year gives us the opportunity to prove our commitment to the fiscally sound management of taxpayer dollars. I am pleased the governor today expressed a willingness to work together on bold reforms to address our current challenge and reduce the likelihood of future shortfalls.
“It will take a combination of strategic cuts, apportionment and tax credit reform, and a reduction in our reliance on one-time funding sources to put us on stronger footing. We can, however, go further in our efforts to build a more solid fiscal foundation. I applaud the governor for her support of my proposal to streamline administrative functions in our K-8 school districts. Our small schools are some of our best schools, and this legislation can make them even stronger by maximizing resources and getting more dollars to the classroom without closing schools.
“The Senate Republican caucus will advance numerous proposals this session to establish a stronger fiscal future for Oklahoma, and all ideas must be given due consideration as we look for solutions. The Senate is ready to make the tough decisions needed to guide the state through this challenge.”—Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa