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Oklahoma: Special Session Adjourns
November 17, 2017

Lawmakers finally adjourned its lingering special session today, after reaching an agreement on legislation that strips $60 million from more than four dozen state-level agencies. The higher education agency and health care authority took the biggest hit, with spending cuts of $17.3 million and $15 million, respectively. SoonerCare provider rates and the ADvantage waiver program were largely spared any deep decreases.

The session was initially called to cut $215 million from the budget after the state supreme court quashed a previously-passed revenue bill. Legislative leaders expect Governor Mary Fallin (R) to sign the measure, however lawmakers face a $678 million spending deficit when they return for next year’s regular session.

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