Legislative leaders Tuesday announced a $7.1 billion budget deal to fund Oklahoma government for fiscal year 2016.
“This budget reflects the priorities of the legislature,” said Sen. Kyle Loveless, R- Oklahoma City. “Education again received more than 50 percent of the appropriated funds, with nearly 35 percent going straight to common education. I am thankful for the leadership of Chairman Jolley as we continue to fund government in a way that is responsible with the taxpayers’ dollars.”
Loveless is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation. The agencies under this committee accounted for the highest percentage of cuts under the budget agreement at 10.37 percent.
“I am proud to say the general government and transportation committee contributed the most cost savings under the proposed budget, while protecting ODOT’s eight-year plan and county road and bridge funding,” Loveless said. “It is vital to our state’s future that we continue to prioritize our infrastructure, especially our roads and bridges, so we can continue our economic momentum.”