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Oklahoma lawmakers hit the new year reviewing agency budgets

OKLAHOMA CITY–Oklahoma lawmakers will hold public hearings beginning next week to review budgets of the five state agencies that receive the largest appropriations.

The hearings begin Wednesday and conclude Jan. 10.

The five agencies are the department of education, transportation, higher education, human services and the state’s health care authority.

Those agencies received $5.36 billion or 77 percent  of the $6.91 billion appropriated budget for fiscal year 2017.