Transportation, education compete for state funding
by Rick Green
As lawmakers struggle to fill an expected hole of more than $900 million in next year’s state budget, millions of dollars in transportation funding looms as an attractive target to some.
Not so fast, road builders say.
Contractors invested $1 million Friday in a so-called super PAC, a political action committee that will work to preserve state highway appropriations.
Meantime, leaders of the Oklahoma Education Association say school funding deserves at least as much priority as roads.
State Rep. Scott Inman says the state’s budget situation has become so bad, a “rob Peter to pay Paul” situation has been created where competing interests are pitted against each other in seeking funding.