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      Governor Signs Off on $7.1 Billion Budget

      Gov. Mary Fallin

      Associated Press

      OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill appropriating more than $7.1 billion to fund state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

      The general appropriations bill was one of several dozen measures Fallin signed into law Tuesday.

      The budget bill represents a decrease of about $102 million from the current year's state budget, and most agencies will receive cuts averaging about 5.5 percent.

      The governor and Republican legislative leaders were able to carve out increases for targeted agencies, including an $80 million boost in funding for common education. Funding for the state's colleges and universities was kept flat, with no change from the current year's budget.

      The bill also includes money for pay raises for more than 12,000 state workers.

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