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Fallin to Propose Cuts for All State Agencies (Feb 04, 2011)

MIDWEST CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma's finances are in such dire shape that every state agency will be asked to cuts its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

In an address to the Oklahoma Press Association this morning, the newly inaugurated governor says most agencies will see funding cut by 5 percent. She said public safety, education and health care programs would face smaller cuts.

Fallin is due to present her budget plan to legislators Monday when they open their regular session.

Oklahoma is facing an estimated $600 million shortfall for the new budget year, which begins July 1. That amount totals about 10 percent of the current state fiscal plan.

Fallin told editors and publishers meeting in Midwest City that Oklahoma will save some money by consolidating state agency operations and services.

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