The Norman Transcript

Opinion

May 7, 2013

New budget is fiscally responsible

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NORMAN —

· $1.2 million to the Department of Health in support of Veteran Center inspections and infant mortality reduction initiatives

· $17.4 million for the Department of Mental Health and Substance to support programs related to suicide prevention, prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment, and school safety

· $44 million for the Department of Human Services to support continued implementation of the Pinnacle Plan and reduction of the waiting list for services related to individuals with developmental disabilities

· $30 million to the State Buildings Revolving Fund to address aging infrastructure across our state

· $120 million for repairs and renovations of the state Capitol

Keep in mind that, with this fiscal year budget plan, that appropriations to state agencies are held flat or targeted increases to core state services are provided for.

The $7.1 billion budget takes into consideration recent budget cuts due to the national recession and inflationary cost increases.

Most importantly, we’ve come to an agreement on a budget without taking on additional debt. This budget is balanced, delivered on time and is focused on the fundamental priorities this state needs to thrive.

Scott Martin serves District 46 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached by phone at 557-7329 or via email at scott.martin@okhouse.gov.

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