Mental Health will actually get an additional $1 million for drug court and other programs. The Department of Human Services will also see a 7 percent increase for the Pinnacle Plan to better protect Oklahoma’s most vulnerable children. A handful of other entities will receive varying supplemental funding, including some for drought relief.
Lastly, I am pleased that the agreement also includes a $120 million bond plan to finally begin addressing the serious structural needs of our State Capitol. The problems have continued to worsen, and while the Senate has long been supportive of a bond issue, the House has been unwilling to approve such a measure, but as part of the budget agreement, their leadership has agreed to this plan, which will not require a vote of the people.
According to Oklahoma’s Constitution, we must conclude our work by no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday of May. With this agreement, we should be in good shape to meet that deadline, and perhaps adjourn even earlier, which would at least result in some savings for the state.
As always if you have a question about a legislative matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (405) 521-5541 or by email at email@example.com. It is an honor to serve as your voice at the State Capitol. If I may be of help, please contact me. May God bless you!