Oklahoma governor to call for special session on budget fix


September 7, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday she will ask lawmakers to return for a special session on Sept. 25 to adjust the budget after the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a proposed cigarette tax, creating a $215 million shortfall.

Fallin said the high court's decision to overturn the $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax because of a loss of federal matching funds will result in a nearly $500 million financial blow. It will mostly affect three state agencies — the Department of Human Services, Health Care Authority and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Servi...

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