State Revenue Lower Than Expected Projections By 17 Percent

Tuesday, February 9th 2016, 7:42 pm
By: Aaron Brilbeck

It turns out it's much worse than the estimated $1 billion budget shortfall and state agencies will have to make deeper cuts because of it.

The state Office of Management and Enterprise Services told News 9 their January revenue projections were off by more than 17 percent, and the budget crisis is much worse than they imagined.

What that likely means is the 3 percent cuts state agencies saw in January will be deepened come March.

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Republicans say low oil prices are driving the crisis.  Democrats blame Republicans for the shortfall and said GOP lawmakers have granted too many tax exemptions.

State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, said lawmakers should put off any policy issues until they have a handle on the budget crisis.

A more precise amount of the shortfall should be known by next week.