Teacher pay, budget hole among topics discussed by leaders

Posted at 3:02 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 16:02:07-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin's chief budget negotiator says fiscal staffers in the Oklahoma House, Senate and governor's office are looking at a variety of revenue sources to both make up for $215 million in lost revenue and to pay for an increase in teacher pay, but that no agreement has been reached.

Fallin's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said Thursday that the governor is preparing for a possible special session by meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders.

Leaders are deciding how to address the loss of $215 million from a cigarette tax deemed unconstitutional by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman reiterated Thursday his members would support a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax in exchange for GOP support of an increase in the production tax on oil and natural gas.

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