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Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, state Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Ardmore and state Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada listen as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin gives her final State of the State Address in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, state Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Ardmore and state Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada listen as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin gives her final State of the State Address in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The State of Oklahoma got on with the business of 2018 Monday, and it should be another interesting session. Gov. Mary Fallin kicked it off with the State of the State address. 

Oklahoma's elected state politicians should find budgetary compromise to avoid more chaos, Gov. Mary Fallin said in her final State of the State address Monday.

Fallin's remarks pulled into focus the results of inaction, and consequences of continuing to fill budget holes with one-time sources of revenue.

"One path would be to continue year after year with an air of uncertainty that consumes our thoughts, drains our hopes — like the old saying of robbing Peter to pay Paul — then Paul runs out of cash," Fallin said. "If we are to effect change, we can't keep doing the same old thing and expect a different result. That path will lead to more chaos at the Capitol."

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Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, state Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Ardmore and state Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada listen as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin gives her final State of the State Address in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, state Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Ardmore and state Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada listen as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin gives her final State of the State Address in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by...

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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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