- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on Oklahoma lawmakers to take $72 million from the state’s constitutional reserve fund to help ease budget cuts this year for Oklahoma’s public schools and the overcrowded prison system.

Fallin late Monday proposed using $51 million for public schools and $21 million for the Department of Corrections for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends June 30.

The Senate’s chief negotiator on the budget, Sen. Clark Jolley, says Senate Republicans support the idea and are working toward an agreement with the House. House Appropriations and Budget Chairman Rep. Earl Sears didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the proposal.

The fund is also called the Rainy Day Fund and has a current balance of $385 million.

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