Oklahoma legislative session begins
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is asking legislators for nearly $20 million in supplemental funding this year to begin repairs on the state Capitol and help pay for teacher benefits. In her executive budget released on Monday, Fallin is asking lawmakers for $10 million to repair the exterior facade of the building and to pay for an engineering study that would include a price tag for a total renovation of the building.
Fallin also is requesting an $8.5 million supplemental for the State Department of Education to pay for the costs of the flexible benefit allowance for public school teachers and staff. The actual costs of those benefits have exceeded the projections that were available during the 2012 session.
Superintendent Janet Barresi had requested nearly $40 million in supplemental funding this year.
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