President Pro Tempore
Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 17, 2017
Senate leader comments
on passage of revised FY'18 budget
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike
Schulz commented on the Senate’s passage of HB 1019, the
revised general appropriations bill that closes the FY’18
“This certainly is not how the Senate wanted to resolve the
FY’18 budget shortfall, but given the inability of the House
to successfully pass revenue-raising measures it’s the best
option left to avoid devastating cuts to three health care agencies.
This bill also ensures essential mental health programs and health-care
waiver programs will be preserved. The Senate took extraordinary
steps to advance a bipartisan revenue package that would have closed
the shortfall and provided new revenue to eliminate the structural
deficit in the state budget moving forward. But that revenue deal
didn’t advance in the House, leaving us with this agreement
to resolve the budget crisis and bring the special session to a
close. Now, the Senate will turn its focus to next year. The Senate
will continue its work to find reasonable and sustainable streams
of revenue, pursue efficiencies in state spending across the board,
and work to implement more transparency in how agencies spend state
and federal dollars."
HB 1019 now advances to the Governor’s Office for consideration.
In other action Friday, the Senate approved the following bills
before adjourning the special session:
• HB 1085, which increases the gross production tax on so-called
“legacy wells” from 4 percent to 7 percent; the measure
is expected to generate $48 million in new revenue.
• HB 1028, which requires the Oklahoma State Department of
Health to submit a corrective action report to the Legislature by
Jan. 1 to prepare for a reduction in appropriations as a result
of the recent financial accounting scandal at the agency.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Schulz: (405) 521-5780