Huge budget requests called ‘unrealistic’
by Rick Green, The Oklahoman
State agencies frequently ask the Legislature for more money than they end up receiving, but this year is a doozy.
Despite a huge budget hole, the wish list for appropriations is something to behold. Corrections wants a billion dollars more than it is currently receiving. Common education wants an extra half-billion. Higher education and the Department of Human Services also want significantly more.
The result is that requests already exceed current-year appropriations, even though most agencies still haven’t weighed in yet on their funding needs.
How to pay for it all?