KCCU News
1:52 pm
Mon November 18, 2002

Butkin Says Transition Going Well

Oklahoma City, Ok. – A former Stephens County resident, State Treasurer Robert Butkin faced no challenger when he filed to run for his third term in office during the summer. Butkin was to head the transition team for the newly elected governor, fellow democrat Brad Henry, for the remaining weeks of G.O.P. Governor Frank Keating's second and final term just the week following the general election.
Butkin tells KCCU so far things are progressing well and Keating has been doing everything possible to make the transition go smoothly. Butkin notes at this point, no emergency efforts for special taxes, such as one on gasoline, are being considered for the next several weeks to help with the state's revenue shortfall until the next regular session begins. That 49th Legislature sworn in November 19 will convene at the state capitol in February.
Butkin stresses Oklahoma is not the only state experiencing a revenue shortfall and a number of other states have been having more severe shortfalls than the Sooner State. He notes things in the Treasurer's Office have been going well and was quick to plug Oklahoma's state college savings plan as continuing to be a great investment in the future.