For Immediate Release: March 20, 2007
Senator Glenn Coffee
GOP Leaders Praise Oklahoma Senate’s Unanimous Passage
of ‘Historic’ Budget Bill
Senate Co-President Pro
Tempore Glenn Coffee and Appropriations Committee Co-Chairman
Mike Johnson praised the unanimous passage by the Oklahoma Senate
of HB 1234, a general appropriations bill, on Tuesday.
“The Legislature has a constitutional duty
to appropriate money, and we have worked very hard to develop
this carefully balanced, bipartisan budget agreement. When Gov.
Henry returns from his Spring Break vacation, we are confident
he will like what he sees in this historic agreement,”
stated Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
“The Legislature has made history by reaching
the earliest agreement on the state budget since 1972. This
budget represents good government and fiscal responsibility,
and is the result of the sincere, bipartisan cooperation by
legislators and leaders of both parties,” added Johnson,
The bill includes $92 million in supplemental
funding for education, corrections, and other agencies, as well
as a $6.87 billion “current services” budget for
fiscal year 2008. The FY 2008 budget is about 3% less than the
total amount of money the Legislature is spending in the current
The Oklahoma Senate passed HB 1234 by a veto-proof
48 to 0 vote.
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5654