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House Democrats call for budget surplus to help heal Oklahoma from a decade of Republican tax/budget cuts | Blue Oklahoma
Press release from House Dem leader Emily Virgin: Leader Virgin Responds to BOE Revenue Certification OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) released the following statement after the Oklahoma Board of Equalization certified a surplus of $574.5 million for the next fiscal year. "Last year, after a decade of Republican policies that favor high earners at the expense of core services and low and middle income Oklahomans, House Democrats pushed this body to responsibly raise revenue and begin to reinvest in core government services," Virgin said. "Today's surplus is a direct result of House Bill 1010xx. However, this legislation must not be viewed as the end of our commitment to fund government but the beginning. "Our education system is underfunded. Our criminal justice system is underfunded. The department of human services is underfunded. Rural hospitals are underfunded and many have closed. The buying power of our citizens has been greatly reduced and more