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Oklahoma still has a budget hole to fill

Governor Mary Fallin speaks to the media at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. JESSIE WARDARSKI/ Tulsa World
Governor Mary Fallin speaks to the media at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. JESSIE WARDARSKI/ Tulsa World

The measure thought to be the last chance to fill Oklahoma's budget shortfall with new, recurring revenue failed Wednesday.

House Bill 1054 did not receive the 76 votes required by the state constitution for a tax hike to advance. Its failure left lawmakers without any clear plans to fill the bulk of a $215 million shortfall that threatens critical social service programs.

The vote came after more than six weeks of a special session. The final tally was 71-27.

"It is discouraging that some members have chosen politics over taking care of people by refusing to vote for this budget package and have shown they are not willing to move our state forward," Gov. Mary Fallin said following the bill's failure. 

Cuts could be coming 

The bill's failure once again triggered worries that there could be devastating cuts for the Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Lawmakers have said that the agencies don't have to end services like the ADvantage Waiver Program or reduce Medicaid provider rates.

"The cuts will be deep and spread out across all government. This is not where any of us wanted to be, but we are here because the revenue bill failed in the House," said Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz.

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Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield (6) looks to get by Oklahoma State's Justin Phillips (19) on his way to a touchdown in the second quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield (6) looks to get by Oklahoma State's Justin Phillips (19) on his way to a touchdown in the second quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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