Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Taylor Says State Road Proposal Hinges on Talks of Next 10 Days

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Taylor Says State Road Proposal Hinges on Talks of Next 10 Days

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A state Senate leader expects the next 10 days will tell whether lawmakers will be able to put together a large road-building program for action before the Legislature adjourns May 30.

Sen. Stratton Taylor, D-Claremore, said House and Senate leaders were "getting close" to an agreement but added that it was a difficult process and "we're not there yet."

Taylor said the highway plan was the "next big deal" awaiting legislative action before adjournment. He said reaching an agreement was not "directly tied" to Monday's approval of the merger of state teaching hospitals with Columbia- HCA Healthcare Corp. But final legislative action on the hospital plan, he said, freed $25 million to $50 million to help pay for the road program. "The crunch time (on the road plan) will be in the next 10 days," he said. "This will be a very difficult program to put together, if it gets done." Despite the support of Republican Gov. Frank Keating and House and Senate Democratic and GOP leaders for a significant road program, Taylor rated the chances of it becoming a reality as only 50-50. …

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