Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Walters Cuts Legislators for Impasse

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Walters Cuts Legislators for Impasse

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TULSA (AP) _ Gov. David Walters criticized legislative leaders over the budget impasse Wednesday and warned that the state would face a "financial disaster" next year if they get their way.

"We're wasting valuable time by their continuing to insist on their way or the highway," Walters said before speaking to a Rotary Club in Tulsa.

Lawmakers want to spend $49.3 million out of the Rainy Day fund to shore up the budgets of higher education and the vo-tech system.

Walters last-minute proposal would tap the fund for $24.9 million. He wants legislators to delete $15 million from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, $9 million from higher education and $2.5 million from the vo-tech system.

The Legislature must adjourn by 5 p.m. Friday, and Walters again said he would consider a special session if lawmakers "walk away" from his plan.

"They have not moved an inch," he said. "It's important for them to realize we've moved three-quarters of the way, a $75 million increase in recommended spending limits. …

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