Oklahoma revenue picture improving

Tuesday, December 28th 2004, 2:22 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Governor Brad Henry says he believes the state budget is growing enough to support pay raises promised to teachers and state employees.

But Henry says after those commitments are met he thinks money will be tight and funding will be at a standstill.

The governor says he'll emphasize education, health care and job creation in the budget he presents to the Legislature in February.

The state Board of Equalization met Monday and certified the amount of money the state is estimated to have for state operations. Finance officials say expect there will be 5.8-billion dollars available for appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, an increase of 370-million dollars over the current fiscal year.