Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2012
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Anderson calls on Governor to say ‘no
to the Expo’
Patrick Anderson today called upon the Governor to intervene
and stop the proposed transfer of $2 million from the budget of
the state Department of Agriculture to the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
The budget proposal approved this year by the Legislature increased
appropriations to the State Department of Agriculture by $2 million.
Anderson said the funds apparently were not intended to be used
by the Department of Agriculture, but instead were to be diverted
to the Oklahoma Youth Expo – a private livestock show held
annually in Oklahoma City.
“The budget bill passed by the Legislature contains no language
about the funds being spent on the Oklahoma Youth Expo,” said
Anderson, R-Enid. “Therefore, the only way the funds can be
spent on the Youth Expo is for the Department of Agriculture to
be directed by the Governor to spend those funds on this project
through the agency’s Budget Work Program.”
Anderson said the transfer of taxpayer dollars to a private charity,
without the transparency demanded by the normal budgeting process,
leaves state government open to the appearance of impropriety.
“The Oklahoma Youth Expo is a fine event, but it is not appropriate
for the state to spend $2 million of the taxpayers’ money
to support it,” Anderson said. “The Governor has the
authority to direct that these funds be spent on the Youth Expo
– but she also has the authority to stop this. I hope she
chooses to do the latter.”
For more information contact:
Senator Anderson: (405) 521-5630