The bill passed 61 to 39. Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, voted against it.
Senate Democratic leaders say the cost of the bill is offset with cuts and tax changes and that it would not add to the
Preliminary estimates show Oklahoma would get about $119 million for education and about $193 million for Medicaid from the bill.
Gov. Brad Henry said Wednesday that the funding would be a safety net for education and health care funding as the state struggles to emerge from the economic downturn.
Another empty promise from Brad Henry. A safety net? I thought the lottery was going to solve all of our educational woes? The fact of the matter is our educational funding process is a joke. We rank 49th in the amount of dollars that reach the classroom and 26th in administrator pay. Oklahoma has 532 school districts, only 6 states have more. If we don't consolidate school districts we should at least consolidate the administrators.