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Treasurer Takes Aim at GOP "Status Quo" Budget (May 18, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican State Treasurer Ken Miller is criticizing a $6.5 billion budget deal reached between the GOP governor and legislative leaders as a "status quo" agreement that looks similar to those reached with former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry.

In an editorial released by the Treasurer's Office on Wednesday, Miller writes that "the status quo prevailed again."

The former chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, Miller encouraged lawmakers to base spending on results as opposed to previous year appropriations, monetize non-essential state assets to pay off debt and eliminate ineffective tax incentives.

Gov. Mary Fallin's spokesman Alex Weintz described Miller's criticism as "Monday morning quarterbacking" and said the budget deal balances the budget without raising taxes, cuts spending and reduces the size of government.

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