The Norman Transcript

November 13, 2013

State funds trending up


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The temporary shutdown of the federal government this past month put many folks back in recession spending mode. Oklahomans, however, didn’t seem to be collectively impacted.

State officials on Tuesday said general revenue collections were up more than 2 percent from October 2012 collections. They were a bit below estimate, but then again, no one anticipated the federal logjam. State officials said revenues tend to be trending upward.

Year to date, the state still lags a bit, which concerns those preparing for the next budget cycle. For the first four months of the fiscal year, revenues are down about 2.5 percent. Gov. Mary Fallin has warned state agencies to continue finding efficiencies and taxpayer savings.

The governor’s advice is not stopping them from making public their needs. Higher education officials and those from corrections already have announced that they will seek increased appropriations when the legislature meets this spring.

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