- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on state lawmakers to revamp the state’s budgeting process.

In her State of the State address Monday, Fallin said the primary source of discretionary spending by the Legislature - the general revenue fund - is growing smaller. It is shrinking, both in dollars and as a percentage of overall collections, because of the increasing cost of mandatory off-the-top apportionments.

Fallin says the state’s budgeting system diverts billions of dollars away from the general revenue fund before the budgeting process begins to support government programs, pay for tax credits or to fill unused revolving funds maintained by some state agencies.

Fallin says she wants to work with lawmakers to take a fresh look at the budgeting process, and to rethink how taxpayer dollars are allocated.

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