Budget passed after back and forth battle in Oklahoma House

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A budget deal is finally headed to the governor's desk.

The $6.8 billion deal includes cuts to nearly every agency and it wasn't passed without a fight.

For more than four hours, there was no shortage of finger-pointing between Republicans and Democrats over the budget that's about 5 percent smaller than last year's, leading to devastating cuts that will affect just about everyone in our state.

In the eleventh hour, the budget deal passed the House 52-45.

"None of us in this room knew oil was going to do what they did.. the 2016 budget was built on $57, $58 oil," Rep. Earl Sears said.

As a result, agencies across the board will see their budgets cut.

Higher education will see $150 million less than last year.

"I truly believe there will be some substantial increases in tuition, which will hurt our working families and students, I get that, but I think through some of our visits with our college presidents, they would use restraint," Rep. Sears said.

On Friday, hours of partisan debate dominated the floor.

"The tobacco tax would have helped us in the budget. We'd have a $180 million if your caucus would have helped us but you chose not to do that," Rep. Sears told Rep. Inman.

"At the end of the day the $1.3 billion budget shortfall was created by income tax cuts, gross production tax cuts, tax credits and exemptions that really weren’t addressed this session," Rep. Inman said.

And there's a long list of bills that weren't addressed.

The Real ID bill, which would have cleared up issues with our driver's licenses at airports, died.

An effort to reform wind energy tax credits never made it out of committee.

And the Senate adjourned around noon without hearing several bills, including equal pay for women.

"It's terribly frustrating that after four months of having bipartisan support for a bill that would affect 51 percent of the population, being all the women in our state, that the Senate decided to leave their job early today and not hear such an important bill," Rep. Jason Dunnington said.

Part of the budget proposal included a $200 million bond to pay for road and bridge construction, and it passed.

The governor has 15 days to sign the budget bill into law.