Governor Fallin Indecisive Over Special Session
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is called a meeting today about calling a meeting. And nothing came of it. Fallin and state legislative leaders met today to discuss a possible special session to discuss the possibility of raising teacher salary in the state, which currently ranks 50th in the country regarding educator compensation.
Fallin says she and leaders of the state Senate and House to discuss the appropriating $140.8 million from the state budget in order to raise the salaries of the lowest paid educators in the U.S. The funds were part of mid-year budget cuts ordered for Oklahoma agencies amid a revenue downturn caused largely by declining oil and natural gas prices during the fiscal year that ended June 30.
After the meeting Fallin said no decision was made regarding the special legislative session.
The state Office of Management and Enterprise Services confirmed last week the money is available for reallocation. The governor says the windfall could be either returned to state agencies, or it could be used to fund the teacher's pay raise, a promise that both she, and State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister made to teachers last year.
source: KSWO news