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Oklahoma State Senate
Senator Mike Johnson, R-Kingfisher
(405) 521-5592
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
(405) 521-5528

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For Immediate Release: February 19, 2008

Senator Mike Johnson
Sen. Mike Johnson
Senator Brian Bingman
Sen. Brian Bingman

Republican Roads Bills Approved By Appropriations Committee

State Capitol, Oklahoma City – The State Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to advance two bills out of committee that would improve funding for roads and bridges. 

Senate Bill 1870 by Senator Mike Johnson, R-Kingfisher, removes the 3% growth trigger on the funding for roads and bridges.  This would guarantee $50 million in new funding for roads and bridges each year.

Senate Bill 1396 by Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, will also remove the 3% growth trigger on roads and bridges.  In addition, this bill will begin to redirect existing motor vehicle taxes from the general revenue fund to roads and bridges over a 5 year period.

“Funding roads and bridges is a top priority for Senate Republicans and these bills bear witness of that,” Johnson said.

“We acknowledge that this is going to be a tight budget year, and we need to show leadership by making these bills a priority and recognizing this is a public safety issue,” added Bingman.

Improving funding for Oklahoma’s roads and bridges is a top item on Senate Republican’s 2008 Legislative Agenda.

For more information contact:
Senator Johnson's Office:  (405) 521-5592

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