Statement by Senator Stratton Taylor,
Senate President Pro Tempore
The only way that there will be a government shutdown is if Governor Keating, Senator Dunlap and Representative Morgan engineer one to try to score some political points. Right now, were passing the budget bills that are required to fund government operations for the next fiscal year. At the pace we are going, we will finish that work well before our scheduled adjournment date. There will only be a budget crisis if Governor Keating and Republican allies try to sabotage that process in an effort to manufacture one.
I am surprised to hear Governor Keating and Republican leaders suddenly embrace the GA bill, given their past comments and complaints about that piece of legislation. A few years ago the governor threatened to never sign another GA bill and Republican lawmakers routinely voted against it claiming it was inefficient and irresponsible budgeting. Maybe they want to retract all those previous statements and actions, just like the House GOP did with a press release earlier this year.
The GOP and the GA bills Greatest Hits (actual quotes from actual newspapers)
Courtesy of the Tulsa World and the Daily Oklahoman