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Editorial questions state budget “shortfall” claims

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Yesterday’s lead editorial in The Oklahoman questions claims by some that Oklahoma’s state government is currently undergoing hard budgetary times.

The piece notes how, with Oklahoma’s total state tax collections and total state government spending both at all-time highs, it’s becoming more difficult for tax consumers and big-government advocates to suggest Oklahoma government is experiencing a budget “shortfall.”

Positive economic indicators, such as Oklahoma’s low unemployment rate and growing per-person consumer spending in the state, also cast “shortfall” claims in a suspect light.

Recent analysis from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, referenced in yesterday’s Oklahoman editorial, provides additional clarity that, in fact, in no way do state budget “shortfall” claims presently have merit.