"The biggest issue last year, of course, was the budget," said Sen. Jay Paul Gumm (D-Durant)," We walked into a $667 million shortfall."
"Actually, the money the state had was a lot like people's time," said Rep. John Carey (D-Durant.) "There's no more of it, we just moved it around from pot to pot."
Balancing a weakened budget presented challenges, Gumm said, forcing cuts which he said simply had to be made, and noted that the legislature did some "one-time" things that won't be available as options during this term.
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