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Keating says more budget cuts likely


(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Governor Keating says more budget cuts are likely next year.

In a letter to members of his cabinet today, Keating says state government will likely face an additional four percent budget cut in 2003.

The state's budget has already been reduced by six-and-a-half percent because of a statewide revenue shortfall.

State agencies have deferred maintenance, implemented unpaid staff furloughs and cut training costs to reduce expenses. But Keating says those are just temporary measures.

The governor says state agencies must become more efficient and eliminate low-priority services to bring costs in line with revenues.

Keating leaves office on January 13th, when Governor-elect Brad Henry will be sworn in.
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