Some legislators may be able to fool themselves and their cronies, but our state’s educators have seen it all before.
Thank you Rep. Virgin!
This is a far cry from the rosy outlook promoted by Rep. Earl Sears in the aforementioned article:
“We’re very pleased and excited about what we were able government,” said state Rep. Earl Sears, one of the primary House budget negotiators. “Definitely a highlight is that education will be flat.”
The Oklahoma Policy Institute outlines the actual effects of this week’s budget:
Statement: Lawmakers have not risen to the challenge of a historic budget shortfall
The result is likely to be large tuition increases and fewer course offerings in higher education, shuttered county Health Departments and epidemic prevention efforts, dwindling emergency responders, and even larger gaps in mental health treatment for veterans.