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April 20, 2014

State budget talks center on cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY — With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor’s office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund programs for education, public safety and child welfare.

The chairmen of the Republican-controlled House and Senate budget committees have been meeting with Gov. Mary Fallin’s Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger.

Under the Oklahoma Constitution, the Legislature must complete its work by the last Friday in May.

— AP

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