A Look at the State Budget, Trim by Trim

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The Oklahoma Legislature approved a fiscal 2018 appropriated budget totaling $6.9 billion, which is basically the same as last year’s.

Among 68 agencies or entities listed, 50, or nearly three-fourths, saw their budgets shaved and three were held flat. Although cuts were relatively small for most, some, such as higher education, have seen cumulative declines in recent years even as demand for their services has grown.

Below are amounts for each agency and groups of related agencies, with percent changes from the original 2016 budget and the revised one reflecting mid-year revenue failures and supplemental funding. In some cases, increases in money may mask cuts in an agency’s operating funds because the increase in earmarked. The budget is considered preliminary until it is approved by the state Board of Equalization on June 19.

AgencyFY 2018Change from FY 2017 OriginalChange from FY 2017 Revised
TOTAL FY 2018 APPROPRIATION$6,847,677,8251.03%-0.30%
State Department of Education$2,448,399,8290.89%1.36%
State Regents for Higher Education$773,597,660-4.50%-3.95%
Department of Career & Technology Education$112,515,558-4.87%-4.22%
Oklahoma Center for Adv. Of Science & Technology$13,422,892-4.87%-4.20%
Office of Educational Quality & Accountability$1,619,898-3.42%-2.94%
Commissioner of the Land Office$8,538,6000.00%0.00%
Oklahoma School of Science and Math$6,121,709-4.72%-4.72%
Department of Libraries$4,386,780-4.87%-4.20%
Physician Manpower Training Commission$3,314,840-4.87%-4.28%
State Arts Council$2,795,181-4.87%-4.20%
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority$2,699,927-4.87%-4.20%
TOTAL EDUCATION$3,377,412,874-0.65%-0.16%
Department of Transportation$155,047,9560.06%0.06%
Oklahoma Tax Commission$44,025,648-0.70%0.00%
Office of Management and Enterprise Services$33,433,288-5.21%-5.21%
House of Representatives$11,888,612-4.87%-4.20%
Oklahoma Military Department$9,969,071-0.66%0.04%
State Election Board$7,838,014-0.70%-0.22%
Legislative Service Bureau$13,795,585-0.70%-0.70%
State Auditor and Inspector$3,463,220-4.87%-4.29%
Oklahoma State Treasurer$2,678,333-4.87%-4.22%
State Ethics Commission$703,723-4.87%-4.20%
Office of Civil Emergency Management$479,112-4.87%-4.20%
Lt. Governor$372,730-4.87%-4.20%
Merit Protection Commission$361,235-4.87%-4.20%
Space Industry Development Authority$290,324-4.87%-4.20%
Office of the State Bond Advisor$0-100.00%-100.00%
Oklahoma Health Care Authority$1,025,516,0343.48%3.97%
Department of Human Services*$699,912,9267.43%2.73%
Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse$327,990,1660.98%1.63%
Office of Juvenile Affairs$91,531,914-0.58%-0.26%
Department of Health$53,083,790-3.45%-2.78%
University Hospitals Authority$37,669,1067.98%8.74%
Department of Veteran Affairs$30,846,072-0.68%-0.02%
Department of Rehabilitative Services$29,563,6317.69%8.45%
OSU Medical Authority$10,848,4476.74%7.50%
J.D. McCarty Center$3,858,654-0.94%-0.24%
Commission on Children and Youth$1,658,129-4.87%-4.20%
Office of Disability Concerns$233,683-4.87%-4.20%
TOTAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES$2,312,712,5524.00%2.99%
Department of Commerce$20,817,997-3.67%-2.99%
Department of Agriculture$23,066,1364.56%5.24%
Department of Tourism and Recreation$16,491,208-4.87%-4.29%
Historical Society*$10,905,904-0.91%-2.66%
Oklahoma Corporation Commission$9,686,724-4.87%-4.37%
Conservation Commission$9,706,6437.38%8.13%
Department of Environmental Quality$5,695,766-4.87%-4.20%
Oklahoma Water Resources Board$5,247,261-4.87%-4.39%
Department of Labor$3,517,371-4.87%-4.87%
Horse Racing Commission$0-100.00%-100.00%
Department of Mines$737,987-4.87%-4.20%
J.M. Davis Memorial Commission$230,612-4.87%-4.20%
Department of Corrections$486,011,5550.23%0.85%
Department of Public Safety*$95,381,5317.16%1.88%
District Courts$54,615,000-0.70%-0.56%
District Attorneys and District Attorneys Council$32,789,853-4.87%-4.20%
Supreme Court$14,745,465-3.85%-3.35%
Oklahoma Indigent Defense System*$15,960,1936.73%2.57%
Attorney General$10,069,18559.17%60.29%
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation$11,892,347-4.03%-3.36%
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner$10,970,94625.40%26.28%
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs$2,940,729-4.87%-4.87%
Court of Criminal Appeals$3,604,788-0.70%0.00%
Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training$2,770,481-4.87%-4.87%
Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission$3,457,98238.30%39.28%
Pardon and Parole Board$2,182,281-4.87%-4.20%
Office of the State Fire Marshall$0-100.00%-100.00%
TOTAL PUBLIC SAFETY & JUDICIAL$747,392,3361.41%1.19%
RURAL ECONOMIC ACCESS PLAN$9,187,761-4.87%-4.20%
Ad Valorem SupplementalNANANA
Capitol Debt ServiceNANANA

* Indicates agency received a supplemental appropriation. Other revisions to agency appropriated amounts are due to general revenue failures.

Source: Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services.