Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives appear on the House floor Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Michael Duncan) Advertisement

Oklahoma’s Republican legislative leaders maintain that they will strike a budgetary agreement within weeks and build upon last year’s historic investment in education. Democrats, on the other hand, say the Legislature has already failed its responsibilities by not meeting an April 1 deadline of “full funding” for common education passed into statute in 2003.

“We believe we could have easily met the April 1 deadline if there had been a political will to do so,” Senate Minority Kay Floyd (D-OKC) said Thursday. “We’ve had over two months to get this done, and instead we spent time on other things that weren’t as pressing

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