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Early projections show $612M surplus for Oklahoma in 2019

Early projections show $612M surplus for Oklahoma in 2019 (KTUL)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Early projections from state finance officials show Oklahoma's newly elected governor and Republican-led Legislature will have a budget surplus of close to $612 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

Preliminary figures from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services show the state is expected to certify $8.2 billion in funds available for the Legislature to spend in the budget year that begins July 1. That's an 8 percent increase over the current state budget.

The increase is due in part to an improving state economy and increased oil and natural gas production.

The State Board of Equalization will meet Wednesday to certify the estimate.

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt will outline how he plans to spend the $612 million in his first executive budget that he will present to the Legislature in February.

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