Advocacy and Awareness

House Falls Short in Vote for Oklahoma Budget Fix

A plan to plug a hole in Oklahoma's budget and to stabilize state spending has fallen five votes short in the House amid bipartisan opposition. The full House voted 71-27 on Wednesday for the bill. A total of 76 votes were needed to pass a revenue-raising measure out of the House.

Passage of HB1054 would unlock an overall deal that would avert devastating budget cuts for our state's most vulnerable citizens - with the greatest harm to children, seniors, and people with severe disabilities and mental illness. HB1054 was held on a motion to reconsider, which means it can be brought up for another vote within 72 hours.

Find out how your legislator voted on HB1054 and contact them to say 'thank you' or express why you are disappointed with their vote.

Ask the ones that voted NO to “work together” to reach an agreement to fund these critical services.  You can reach your Representative by calling 405-521-2711 and your Senator by calling 405-524-0126.   Find a list of House members here:

Or call the main House number at (405) 521-2711 and request to be connected to the Legislators offices.

Find a list of Senate members here:

Or call the main Senate number at (405) 524-0126.

Thank you! You will make a difference in the lives of thousands of families who rely on these critical services.

See a list of links below detailing the budget crisis in Oklahoma: 

In The Know: Daily briefing on Oklahoma policy-related news by the Oklahoma Policy Institute

Tulsa World, November 8, 2017
Legislature has no solution for $215 M revenue shortfall after House budget fails

Fox 25 News, November 9, 2017
Revenue package fails to garner enough votes to pass through Oklahoma House

Tulsa World, November 7, 2017
Revenue-raising bill targeting budget hole passes House committee, but outlook remains unclear

NPR, 89.5, November 6, 2017
Oklahoma Senate Passes Special Session "Grand Bargain," Putting Ball in House's Court, House Bill 1035

Tulsa World, November 6, 2017
'We lose everything': DHS letter on defunding ADvantage program sparks fear among providers, recipients

Tulsa World, November 2, 2017
How Oklahoma government got in a hole and why it can't seem to get out

News on 6, November 1, 2017
LIFE Senior Services: Budget Cuts Impact Programs for Seniors in Green Country 

Tulsa World, October 31, 2017
House passes emergency funding for social service agencies

NewsOK, October 30, 2017
House, Senate vote to 'stop the bleeding,' but gap remains

Tulsa World, October 29, 2017
Votes on state budget fix called off Saturday as revenue proposals continue to divide Oklahoma lawmakers

Tulsa World, October 28, 2017
After failing 'miserably' on tax-raising measure, state lawmakers move on to 'Plan B' with deep cuts

KOTV, Channel 6, October 27, 2017
Budget cuts could impact program delivering meals to seniors

Tulsa World, October 27, 2017
'This is literally it': State lawmakers build new budget plan after Senate pushes to add gross production tax hike to proposal

Tulsa World, October 26, 2017
Without DHS funding, 10,000 elderly could be forced into nursing homes, which may not be there 

KJRH, Channel 2, October 26, 2017
Oklahoma Senate GOP says OK to oil and gas tax hike

Fox 23, October 26, 2017
Oklahoma senate requests Gross Production Tax increase for teachers, mental health

Tulsa World, October 25, 2017
House fails to pass tax hike to plug Oklahoma's budget hole, fund teacher pay raises

KOTV- Channel 6, October 25, 2017
Budget Plan Fails in Oklahoma Legislature

Fox 23, October 25, 2017
DHS announces nearly $70 million in budget cuts, impacts day care subsidies and seniors

KTUL, Channel 8, October 25, 2017
Tulsans react to failed budget proposal

Tulsa World, October 23, 2017
Gov. Mary Fallin announces Republican budget plan

KRMG, News FM 102.3/AM 740, October 23, 2017
Oklahoma GOP Leaders Announce Budget Plan

Tulsa World, October 23, 2017
Oklahoma doctors plan for Medicaid cuts, staff layoffs after budget remains stalled

Tulsa World, October 23, 2017
Is there an end in sight for the legislative special session? Here is what has lawmakers frustrated

Tulsa World, October 18, 2017
Latest state cuts 'catastrophic,' Tulsa mental health professionals say

Tulsa World, October 15, 2017
Wayne Green: The state Capitol goes dark next week, a metaphor for a powerless state government

The Lawton Constitution, October 15, 2017
Cuts May Close Adult Day Care

Tulsa World, October 7, 2017
Laura Kenny: Pending state budget cuts endanger seniors