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May 14, 2013

Senate gives final OK to $7.1B budget bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“I would be shocked if one dime of it was used on the Native American Cultural Center,” said Jolley, R-Edmond.

Jolley said he would be “equally shocked” if money from the fund was used to pay for a planned museum of popular culture in Tulsa.

Other members complained about a $5 million appropriation that will be used to renovate legislative offices and build larger committee rooms.

“Was there anyone in this building that asked to have their offices remodeled?” asked Sen. Charles Wyrick, D-Fairland. “I found out a few weeks ago from my executive assistant that my office is going to be remodeled with money from this budget. I would like to see those dollars spent on children in this gallery that need an education in this state.”

Jolley acknowledged that while the budget was far from perfect, he said he thought it adequately reflected the priorities of the Legislature with most of the additional revenue allocated for education and health care.

“There are things in this budget I don’t like,” Jolley said. “We could come up with 48 ways to write this budget. Then you have 101 representatives who could probably come up with 205 ways to write the budget.”

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