The Co-Chairs of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation both endorsed provisions of House Bill 1234, the General Appropriations bill.
Senators Mary Easley, a Democrat from Tulsa, and Randy Brogdon, a Republican from Owasso, said the GA bill serves as an appropriate blueprint to ensure critical services upon which all Oklahomans depend remain intact. Both senators were involved in negotiating the base-funding levels contained in HB 1234 for agencies under their subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The senators said the bill is a product of bipartisan cooperation.
“This legislation provides $3.2 million that is needed for critical maintenance on state-owned buildings and facilities. It also provides additional funding to the state election board for the 2008 presidential primary,” stated Brogdon.
"This bill invests in the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP)—a program that boosts funding to small rural communities to make necessary infrastructure upgrades critical to growing their economies," Easley said.
"There is also critical funding included in this budget to continue the progress we've made over the past few years at repairing our crumbling roads and bridges." said Easley.
Both senators hope the bipartisan legislation will be signed into law.