One impossible thing before breakfast

The state treasurer is requesting a budget cut — again:

For a second consecutive year, State Treasurer Ken Miller is asking the Legislature to cut appropriations for his office. And for the second year in a row, he is the only agency head to do so.

Miller said his request for a five-percent budget cut is made possible by focusing office operations on core treasury functions. He also requested and was granted a five-percent appropriations reduction last year.

Staff inflation? Not here:

Prior to the last recession, the treasurer’s office had 72 employees working in three locations in Oklahoma City, including two leased offices. Now the staff is 40 percent smaller and all treasury employees work in one location in the State Capitol Building after closing external offices.

If everybody got a 5-percent budget cut — but forget it. Just under 100 percent of all agency heads will tell you with a straight face that cutting spending at a time like this is immoral.


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 March 2014 · 10:28 am

    I know of one institution in the state that is also getting a 5% budget cut…..

    (I’m hoping that doesn’t lead to our library dropping JSTOR access….)

  2. CGHill »

    29 March 2014 · 11:56 am

    Ever notice that when budget cuts are on the horizon, nobody ever suggests getting rid of the Second Under-Assistant Deputy for Nebulous Affairs?

  3. fillyjonk »

    29 March 2014 · 1:18 pm

    Oh no. Every administrator is sacred, to paraphrase a Monty Python song.

  4. Jennifer »

    31 March 2014 · 3:13 pm

    I think we should put this guy over more departments.

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