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“More Openness Sought in Oklahoma’s Budget Process”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
August 21, 2012

Right now, Oklahoma’s state budget is crafted in “secret meetings involving only a handful of key fiscal negotiators,” The Oklahoman reports. Is there a more transparent way? Some lawmakers say yes.

David Blatt, director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute which analyzes state finances, said the budget process “definitely can and should be more open.” “Particularly in recent years, the only appropriation information is a lump sum in a general appropriations bill,” said Blatt, whose organization supports adequate, fair and fiscally responsible funding of public services. “Previously, there used to be at least agency-specific budget bills which often didn’t provide full information but at least provided some information on line item appropriations the Legislature was directing.

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