Okla. treasurer wants lawmakers to cut his budget

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 12:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Treasurer Ken Miller is asking the Legislature to cut his budget.

Miller asked for a 5 percent budget cut Thursday during a performance review of the treasurer's office by the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on General Government.

Miller says a $190,000 cut in appropriations for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is made possible by the office's efforts to become more efficient. Miller says the office has outsourced non-core jobs and taken advantage of new technology, increasing productivity and decreasing costs.

The treasurer's office once employed 72 people at three locations around Oklahoma City. Miller says This year, the staff will be 40 percent smaller and every employee will be working at the State Capitol.

Miller's budget request follows cuts of 17 percent during the recent recession.

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