OKLAHOMA CITY – Against the backdrop of the Blue Room, Governor Mary Fallin announced the 2014 budget Thursday afternoon.
“This is a smart and strategic budget that addresses tax priorities,” Gov. Fallin said. “It also allows us to address strategic issues that affect Oklahomans.”
Fallin said the deal provides for targeted spending increases throughout the state including $91 million for education, $33 million for higher education, $40 million for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and $1.2 million to support DHS initiatives reducing infant mortality.
All of that will be part of the Sooner state’s $7.2 billion budget.
“It is a fiscally conservative budget, too, because it does hold the line on spending for most state agencies,” Gov. Fallin said.
One thing that doesn’t change, though, is pay for the roughly 34,000 state employees in Oklahoma.