Rally at the state Capitol to discuss budget fixes | Blue Oklahoma
Budget cuts are already having a painful impact on state government, but the worst is yet to come. The state must make due with some 25 percent less in revenue than before the economic downturn took hold. This amounts to an $800 million to $850 million shortfall for the upcoming budget year, the Oklahoma Policy Institute predicts. Revenue may not recover to 2008 levels until 2013. State agencies already have made across-the-board cuts, and the dismal picture means they likely will have to make additional cuts of up to 12 percent. Hundreds of concerned Oklahomans will rally Wednesday at the state Capitol to demand common-sense solutions to the state's budget crisis without raising taxes or crippling vital services.