Several Agencies could see Cuts with New Oklahoma Legislation

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The bill, which passed a key budget committee on Thursday, includes cuts to areas like education to help continue funding three health care agencies for the rest of the year. The three agencies are The Department of Human Services, Department of Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Services being the first; second, the state’s Medicaid agency; and lastly, the health care authority. All other state agencies will be reduced monthly allocations by about 2 percent until the end of the current fiscal year. This will generate a little more than 44 million dollars for the health care agencies that would otherwise run out of money.Lawmakers have yet to start work on the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in July. Oklahoma’s budget was left unbalanced last year after a tobacco tax proposal was ruled unconstitutional by the state supreme court. 

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