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Rep. Hall Proposes Spending Limit (Jan 27, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing legislation that would place new constitutional limits on state spending.

Republican state Rep. Elise Hall of Oklahoma City says that Oklahoma's public sector could grow too fast without more spending limits.

A resolution Hall has filed would ask voters to approve a constitutional limit on appropriations that would lower the current limit on spending increases of 12 percent on the previous year's appropriations when adjusted for inflation. She says the current limit should be between 5 percent and 7 percent to further restrict spending growth.

Hall's co-author, Sen. Josh Breechen of Coalgate, says lowering the spending limit will make it easier to deal with budget shortfalls during lean times. Budget shortfalls over the past four years have forced hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts.

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