State Sued Over $140 million Cut from State Agencies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An attorney is suing Oklahoma's governor over $140 million in unspent state dollars that he contends should go to state agencies.
Attorney David Slane filed the lawsuit Tuesday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on behalf of six clients who receive state services through the Department of Human Services.
The state ended up with a $140.8 million surplus after Oklahoma lawmakers ordered mid-year cuts to agency budgets amid dwindling tax collections. It turned out those cuts were deeper than necessary.
Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) have suggested a special legislative session be called to allocate the unspent money for teacher pay raises.
Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt declined to comment on the lawsuit. He says talks with legislative leaders about a special session are ongoing.
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