The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 11, 2013

Leaders agree on supplemental for state Capitol

By Sean Murphy
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — House and Senate leaders say an agreement on a supplemental funding bill to pay for projects this year likely will include at least $8 million to begin repairs on the Capitol's crumbling facade.

House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman both said Thursday there is mutual agreement that a supplemental bill also would include money to help pay for teacher health benefits, which is estimated to be about $8.5 million.

The two appear divided on whether to pay an additional $2 million for a detailed architectural study of the Capitol's infrastructure needs. Bingman said such a study would be critical before proceeding with repairs, while Shannon suggested the $2 million price tag was excessive.

Gov. Mary Fallin has proposed funding for Capitol repairs and teacher benefits.