Thursday, April 19, 2007

Governor’s office comments on House passage of budget bills

Statement from Paul Sund,
Communications Director for Gov. Brad Henry

“As he has previously warned, Gov. Henry will veto the appropriations bills in question. Anyone who is familiar with the budgeting process knows you cannot approve single appropriations bills without first reaching agreement on an overall budget framework, and that hasn’t happened yet.

“It’s disappointing that the speaker and his leadership team are continuing to play games with the budget as the clock ticks toward adjournment. Good faith, preliminary budget discussions involving all parties are underway, but if the speaker continues to sit on the sidelines and throw rocks, it will be difficult for those negotiations to succeed.

“It’s time to stop the political games and draft a budget that addresses the needs of all Oklahomans.”

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