According to Oklahoma’s Constitution, the Legislature must complete all work on the state budget and policy issues to be concluded by no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May—this year the deadline was May 25. This year we fulfilled those responsibilities three weeks before that deadline, and adjourned the concurrent special session focusing on education in mid-April.
There were tremendous challenges to meet, but ultimately, we succeeded in passing the largest teacher pay increase in our state’s history. We also succeeded in funding a pay raise for our hard-working state employees, many of whom have gone nearly a decade without a pay increase. We have continued to work to identify savings and efficiencies, and determine the best priorities for the resulting resources, as well as working to strengthen Oklahoma’s budgeting process.
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