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January 12, 2010 (28:39)

Another state revenue report is due out this afternoon. State agencies are on the second month of a 10-percent across the board cutback. Senate Republicans unveil, half of their agenda for the upcoming legislative session. The GOP members of the senate want to cap property taxes at 3% a year and are opposed to any new taxes. The state Fire Marshal has begun a furlough plan to deal with ongoing budget cuts. The days off work without pay will impact only the administrative staff. The state schools for the blind and deaf are being impacted by state budget cuts more than other departments in the state Department of Rehabilitation Services. The schools operate just off of state funds and donations. Agency officials say they are doing all they can to keep both schools accredited and intact. For the first time since the 2003 budget crisis, the average amount of money spent for each student in Oklahoma public schools is going down. The mid-year allocations were sent out to the school districts this week. The Hitachi Computer Products plant in Norman is doubling in size with the addition of a new distribution center. That will mean about 75 new jobs.

Originally broadcast on January 12, 2010