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Oklahoma governor, lawmakers reach deal on $8.3B budget


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican legislative leaders reached a deal Wednesday on an $8.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes an average $1,200 pay raise for public school teachers and tens of millions more dollars for public schools.

The deal also socks away $200 million, about one-third of this year's surplus revenue, into savings, a priority for the first-year governor.

"For the first time in state history, we are setting back an additional savings account of $200 million without the law forcing it," Stitt said. "This is going to allow...

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