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Oklahoma Has Biggest Deficit Among States
insurancejournal ^ | December 22, 2009 | insurancejournal.com

Posted on 12/24/2009 8:54:22 AM PST by dragnet2

Oklahoma has the unwanted distinction of having the largest revenue shortfall of any state, according to a new report.

That reality is illustrated by the state's revenue collections, which are down by more than 25 percent from a year ago.

The state last week ordered yet another round of cuts, this time instructing agencies to cut 10 percent from their budgets.

A November state budget report by the National Conference of State Legislatures says Oklahoma's 18.5 percent shortfall for the current fiscal year edges out Arizona's 18 percent, with Illinois in third at 16.5 percent.

State agencies appeared to be taken by surprise by the 10 percent reduction. Departments have been putting workers on furlough and cutting services to cope with the 5 percent reduction.

Lauri Monetti, a Department of Human Services spokeswoman, said the additional cuts threaten programs that have been protected to this point because of the federal matching money they attract.

She said cuts in one-time expenditures will likely be made first. She said the “effect will be more significant” if the negative trend in revenue doesn't reverse soon.

The prison system, which is more reliant on state general fund revenue than most departments, is still analyzing the situation.

Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said the agency has already had a round of early retirements and is running furloughs. The department work force is at three-quarters of its authorized strength.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: bhoeconomy; oklahoma; redstates
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Departments have been putting workers on furlough and cutting services

Arizona? Oklahoma?

Hmmm

1 posted on 12/24/2009 8:54:26 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: UnRuley1

Ping!


2 posted on 12/24/2009 8:55:31 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Hey now, The Age of Obama is hard on all 57 states.

Wealth redistribution (ie: looting state and federal coffers) and destroying nations doesn’t come cheap.


3 posted on 12/24/2009 8:57:15 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

ping....lol


4 posted on 12/24/2009 8:58:08 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey, this trend seems to be spreading!

Shazzam!!


5 posted on 12/24/2009 8:59:05 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

And Congress has just dropped their “Christmas present” on these states which is going make things even worse. That is, every state except Nebraska. They took a sweetheart deal to get this commie beast through Dingy Reid’s “senate.” The rest of the country will be paying their portion.


6 posted on 12/24/2009 8:59:05 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Remember in November! Throw all of the bums out!)
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To: All

Why don’t they just ask the federal government for more free stuff to make up the difference?

My Oakie friends, feel free to field that gem of a question :-)


7 posted on 12/24/2009 8:59:49 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: dragnet2

Thankfully, it seems that our governer isn’t bleating to congress for a handout, yet.


8 posted on 12/24/2009 9:00:37 AM PST by tal hajus
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To: dragnet2

Not surprising that my State is hurting...but I suspicion that some other States are cooking the books and are even worse off. JMHO.


9 posted on 12/24/2009 9:03:03 AM PST by pepperdog (As Israel goes, so goes America!)
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To: dragnet2

Thanks. I missed the post on Oklahoma. So we have Arizona, California, Nevada and Oklahoma. Any other States? Michigan?New York?


10 posted on 12/24/2009 9:04:30 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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Thankfully, it seems that our governer isn’t bleating to congress for a handout, yet.

Don't mean to be harsh friend, but your bloated corrupt state government there in Oklahoma will be coming after you.....

Ya see they need to prop up their fat government salaries, their bloated government benefits and their opulent lottery style government retirement benefits.

11 posted on 12/24/2009 9:04:34 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

I suggest that Oklahoma impose a “Redneck Tax.” Maybe a nickel per beer can, $1.00 on any article of camo clothing, 50 cents per can of Bucksnort, $10 on each 4-wheeler, $50 per pickup (said tax to specifically exclude 1985 Dodge Ramchargers) and $100 per female over 18 in Oklahoma because Oklahoma girls are just not human.

parsy, who knew one real well


12 posted on 12/24/2009 9:12:25 AM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: NormsRevenge
What do they say about Cal?

Oklahoma gets what they deserve!

13 posted on 12/24/2009 9:13:14 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: parsifal

You advocate raising taxes?


14 posted on 12/24/2009 9:14:21 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: dragnet2

California leads the way again.. off the cliff.. into the abyss. splat!


15 posted on 12/24/2009 9:14:52 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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Why don't they just raise taxes?

Like California does?

Or borrow on non-existent "future" revenues?

16 posted on 12/24/2009 9:15:27 AM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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Why don't they just raise taxes?

Like California does?

Or borrow on non-existent "future" revenues?

17 posted on 12/24/2009 9:15:40 AM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: Turbo Pig
Why don’t they just ask the federal government for more free stuff to make up the difference? My Oakie friends, feel free to field that gem of a question

All the Oklahoma people are over on the California threads laughing about their deficits and corrupt state government.

:o

18 posted on 12/24/2009 9:16:12 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Here come the stories presented by the Lefties.


19 posted on 12/24/2009 9:17:27 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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Why don't they just raise taxes?

In an effort to prop up their fat government salaries, their bloated government benefits and their opulent lottery style government retirement benefits, that will be forthcoming!

20 posted on 12/24/2009 9:18:38 AM PST by dragnet2
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