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Budget Briefing: Catholic Bishops to OK Rep. Frank Lucas: Don’t Cut Food Stamps

In the news this morning:

‘Debt Bomb’ Ticking for Nation, New Coburn Book Warns “In his new book about the nation’s fiscal problems, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he would rather work with Democrats in Congress than with Chinese communists “who will one day force our hand” if government spending is not controlled. Coburn, R-Okla., blames Democrats and Republicans for the country’s current fiscal situation and for not reaching a comprehensive debt deal last year.” (tulsaworld.com)

$74.6 Million to Go to Tobacco Settlement Fund “Seventy-five percent of the money goes directly to the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund, which is used for health programs in the state. The fund now holds $710 million. The rest of the annual payment is divided between the state’s general fund for appropriation by the Legislature and the attorney general’s evidence fund.” (tulsaworld.com)

Catholic Bishops Urge Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas to Avoid Cuts to Food Stamps “Lucas, R-Cheyenne, is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees the food stamp program because it is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Republicans have been seeking changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, pointing to an explosion in costs in recent years. The panel is scheduled to take up a proposal Wednesday to cut $33 billion from the food stamp program in the next 10 years.” (newsok.com)

Oklahoma Board of Regents to Hear Budget Update at Meeting Wednesday “… the board is scheduled to receive a briefing on expectations for the state higher education budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The higher education system has seen its budget cut 9.4 percent over the past four years.” (newsok.com)

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