For Immediate Release: April 27, 2007
Sen. Coffee: Henry’s Vetoes a
‘Step Backward’ for Budget Talks
State Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee,
R-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement regarding Gov.
Brad Henry’s veto of appropriations bills for 5 state
“The budget numbers in these non-controversial
bills exactly matched the funding levels contained in both the
bipartisan general appropriations bill and Gov. Henry’s
executive budget,” stated Coffee.
“The governor could have signed these bills
as a show of good faith and bipartisan cooperation, but instead
he has chosen a path that brings us one step closer to a government
shutdown,” he said. “The governor’s partisan
vetoes are threatening to unravel the bipartisan cooperation
that currently exists in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Coffee noted that staff-level budget negotiations
have been occurring for the past two weeks following Henry’s
presentation of budget alternatives to legislative leaders.
Representatives from the governor’s office, Senate Republicans,
Senate Democrats, and House Republicans are involved in the
talks, he said.
“I felt we were making progress, but the
governor’s vetoes are a step backward,” Coffee said.
“Without getting into specific details,
about 99% of the general appropriations that Gov. Henry vetoed
would be unchanged under his alternative budget. Most of the
governor’s proposed changes involve one-time expenditures
or new programs – items that are dealt with outside of
a general appropriations bill,” he said.
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636