OKLAHOMA CITY – As almost every state agency is hit with budget cuts, it seems Oklahomans are fed up with politicians at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
State leaders are trying to close a $1.3 billion hole in the budget, and the cuts are coming at a cost.
Public schools are having their budgets slashed by millions, causing some districts to fire teachers and cancel popular programs just to stay below the red line.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services learned its budget would be cut by $100 million, which agency leaders said may force them to reduce services that help keep some elderly Oklahomans out of nursing homes.
Programs that deal with child care licensing and child support services will also be reduced.
Under current proposals by Oklahoma lawmakers, tax credits that help the poorest Oklahomans would also be eliminated to save $76 million.
As a result of the budget crisis in the Sooner State, many people are calling for a drastic change at the Capitol.
Last month, more than 30 teachers filed to run for office.
However, it seems Oklahomans aren’t just upset with lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate.
A new poll shows Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is one of the least popular governors in the country.
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A poll by Morning Consult shows 47 percent of registered voters in Oklahoma disapprove of her, compared to 42 percent of voters who say they do approve of her policies.
In response, the governor released the following statement on Thursday evening:
“At times of fiscal crisis with the energy sector downturn, approval ratings of leaders such as governors usually fall. I knew lower approval ratings were a consequence when I focused my State of the State address to lawmakers in February on the urgent need to improve the state’s budgeting process. I proposed specific recommendations to capture recurring revenue to ensure that legislators can adequately fund priority goals related to education, public safety, health and more.
I remain focused on getting a budget agreement during these final days of session that protects education, health care and public safety. It will require hard work and important votes for lawmakers and, yes, for me, a dip in approval ratings. But, it will be the right thing to do for future generations of Oklahomans.”
The survey claims the country’s least popular governors are as follows:
- Sam Brownback- Kansas
- Dan Malloy- Connecticut
- Rick Snyder – Michigan
- Chris Christie – New Jersey
- Paul LePage – Maine
- Bruce Rauner – Illinois
- Scott Walker – Wisconsin
- Gina Raimondo – Rhode Island
- Matt Bevin – Kentucky
- Mary Fallin – Oklahoma.
The survey was conducted between January and May.