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Capitol Report for March 12: Rainy Day Fund depleted, last stand for Trump’s foes?

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan
News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan

In the latest Capitol Report segment on News9, analyst Pat McGuigan was disappointed over the lack of progress on legislative proposals for administrative efficiencies in public education. Gov. Fallin and legislative leaders announced a plan to take millions of dollars from the “Rainy Day Fund” public education and Corrections.

The CapitolBeatOK editor told reporter Alex Cameron there has been “modest at best progress in the ‘right-sizing’” of government that Republicans promised in 2010. There is $385 million in the fund now.

Up to $144 million of that might be used this session, so “it won’t be available next year.” As Hillary Clinton nears the Democratic nomination, Tuesday (March 15) is likely the last chance for Republicans to avoid nominating Donald Trump. “IF John Kasich wins Ohio, and IF Marco Rubio wins Florida,” and IF they and Ted Cruz do well in the other primaries, the Grand Old Party might have a credible nominee.

Recently, conservative commentator Cal Thomas’ wrote, “Donald Trump’s rise is fueled by emotion, anti-intellectualism and the jettisoning of sober thought. Mr. Trump dispenses bromides.

He lacks specifics because he has none.”

Editor’s note: The final total of this week’s Rainy Day fund deal was nearly $79 million, more than the $72 million projected at the time.

Watch the Capitol Report here.

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