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Talks on Oklahoma budget break down at rare weekend session


Budget negotiations between Oklahoma lawmakers meeting for a rare weekend session appeared to collapse again Saturday, derailing efforts to close a nearly $880 million budget shortfall.

Legislators are bound by the state's constitution to pass any revenue-raising measures by Sunday or be forced to call a special session to complete work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and the GOP-controlled Legislature are faced with difficult choices this year — either find ways to raise revenue through tax hikes or impose devastating cuts to public schoo...

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