“The people have every right to be frustrated,” Democrats file declaration disaster over Republican leadership

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OKLAHOMA - The House democrats filed a lengthy resolution Monday, calling the leadership at the capitol a disaster.

The democrats laid out a long list of services crippled by our budget shortfall.

They're also angry the state won't take money from the federal government for Medicaid.

But, Republicans are pointing fingers too, saying bipartisan tax cuts under Democratic Governor Brad Henry are what got us here today.

"Leader Inman, he's not leading. He's just throwing bombs," said Senator Clark Jolley.

"My hope is the voters and these potential candidates will step up and do the right thing and send some of these folks home," said Rep. Scott Inman.

The finger pointing is at an all time high at the state capitol.

Lawmakers are trying to hammer out a budget, while also dealing with revenue failures from last year.

House minority leader Inman said budget cuts have become necessary because of Republicans' repeated, big tax cuts.

"Their failed political philosophy, which turns on the premise that Oklahoma can somehow cut its way to prosperity or borrow its way out of debt, has given us $1 billion of tax cuts for the wealthiest of Oklahomans," Inman said.

House democrats are blaming Republican leaders' decisions for cuts to state services, like our school losing nearly $60 million since January.

They're also frustrated the state refused to expand Medicaid.

"Then, we should have zero problem rejecting any of our federal highway dollars, but we don't do that. That is our money. We sent it there and, just because we don't like who occupies 1600 Pennsylvania right now, we've basically decided we're going to take our ball and go home," said Rep. Cory Williams.

So, how are the budget negotiations going?

Jolley is key in that deal and told us Monday that leadership doesn't want to do cuts across the board.

He also responded to Inman's criticism.

"I still haven't gotten a budget from Representative Inman though so, if he's got an answer that doesn't involve asking Barack Obama for help, I'd like to know what it is," Jolley said.

"When they look up here, and we're into the 11th week of the legislative session, and not one bill to close the $1.3 billion budget hole has been passed off the floor or even introduced in committee, the people have every right to be frustrated," Inman said.

Some lawmakers said session could go into June because of the budget negotiations, but Jolley said things are running ahead of schedule, and a budget could be proposed by the end of April.

The democrats are also encouraging new candidates to file this week for office.

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