President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2019
approves state budget
Budget includes huge investment in classrooms, teacher &
state employee pay raises, and criminal justice reform funding
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to the state
budget, which includes huge investments in public school classrooms,
a teacher and state employee pay raise, as well as significant investments
in criminal justice reforms all while saving $200 million.
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget bill, House Bill 2765, passed on a 37-11
“This is a tremendous budget for Oklahoma because it makes
huge investments in our classrooms, gives teachers and state employees
another significant pay raise, puts money toward criminal justice
reforms, and saves $200 million to help in the event of an economic
downturn in the future,” said Senate President Pro Tempore
Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “Senate Republicans kept our
commitment to invest in education by appropriating $74.4 million
for our classrooms. We also addressed our priority to fund criminal
justice reforms. The budget also shows fiscal restraint because
we’re putting away $200 million in savings, bringing the state’s
total amount of savings to $1 billion. I want to thank Senator Roger
Thompson, the Senate appropriations chairman, for his hard work,
skill, and leadership in crafting this budget deal. I also want
to commend the senators who chaired Senate appropriations subcommittee
for sharpening their pencils and helping put together a great budget.”
The budget now goes to Governor Kevin Stitt’s desk for consideration.
“Tough choices by the Legislature in recent years put our
state in a much better financial position, and because of those
decisions we had nearly $600 million in new funding to appropriate.
This budget makes great use of those dollars by making a $157.9
million investment in public schools, which includes $74.4 million
into our classrooms so local schools can hire more teachers to lower
class sizes or purchase classroom supplies. Overall, this is a great
budget that makes significant investments in critical services while
saving $200 million to help when the inevitable economic downturn
hits in the future. I want to thank the Senate appropriations subcommittee
chairs who did a tremendous job in delving into the numbers to help
us come up with a great budget deal,” said Senator Roger Thompson,
Among the highlights of the FY’2020 budget include:
• $200 million in savings to help Oklahoma weather a financial
crisis; Oklahoma’s total savings at the end of this year will
be $1 billion
o $157.9 million for common education:
- $1,220 teacher pay raise on average, second-consecutive year for
a teacher pay raise.
- $5.5 million for the Reading Sufficiency Act.
- An additional $74.4 million for classroom funding for schools
to hire additional teachers to lower class sizes, hire counselors
or other support staff, or purchase classroom supplies.
o $18 million for the CareerTech system for pay raises and course
o $28 million for higher education to bolster research programs
and provide a professor pay raise.
o $7.5 million for concurrent enrollment
• GOVERNMENT MODERNIZATION
o $37.7 million for a state employee pay raise of up to $1,500,
the second-consecutive year for a state employee pay raise.
o $1.7 million for the creation of the Legislative Office of Fiscal
o $16.4 million for digital transformation of state government services
to enhance transparency and to improve customer service.
o $700,000 to hire more auditors for the State Auditor’s Office
to conduct more audits of state agencies.
• CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS
o $20.1 million to reform the funding of District Attorney offices.
o $10 million for “Smart on Crime” programs through
the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
o $1.5 million for the Women in Recovery diversion program.
o $1.7 million to expand drug courts options for nonviolent offenders.
• HEALTH CARE
o $62.8 million for Graduate Medical Education program to support
o $105 million reallocation to increase provider rates for physicians,
hospitals and nursing homes.
o $29 million saved to a new preservation fund to preserve Medicaid
provider rates when the federal government’s 3-year rolling
average results in a rate decline.
o $2 million to decrease Developmental Disability Services (DDSD)
o $8 million to increase DDSD provider reimbursement rates by 4
o $4.6 million to increase immunizations and staff county health
departments throughout the state.
• RURAL OKLAHOMA
o $500,000 to fund a public-private partnership to maintain clean
water in Northeast Oklahoma and areas with high poultry density.
o $1.1 million for wildfire mitigation and additional resources
for rural fire fighters.
o $1.5 million to improve rural flood control dams.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565