Statement by Senator Cal Hobson,
Senate President Pro Tempore Designate
"I haven't had an opportunity to review the specifics of their budget proposal, but I do look forward to discussing it with them in the days to come.
"I appreciate their willingness to work together in a bipartisan manner to address the many revenue challenges that confront our state. It is important for state policy makers to explore creative solutions to help Oklahoma weather the latest budget crisis.
"I applaud the Senate Republican leadership forrecognizing that the budget is not a partisan issue. All of us - Democrats, Republicans and Independents - are in the same boat and will sink or swim depending on how well we work together to address the state's revenue challenges. If we all keep an open mind and cooperate in the coming weeks, we will have a better chance of solving the state's