Sanders Wants REAP Funding to Remain in Budget
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders said today he will fight Gov. Brad Henry’s decision to eliminate funding for the Rural Economic Action Plan in his proposed budget.
“In a tight budget year, it’s reasonable to assume the REAP program would suffer a cut,” Sanders, R-Kingfisher, said. “Governor Henry has chosen to zero it out, which I believe is terribly irresponsible when REAP dollars are so important to rural communities across the state. I will fight to get REAP funding in the budget, because it not only will enhance the economic development of the rural areas of our state, but also our state as a whole.”
Last year, Sanders and other rural lawmakers successfully fought to include REAP in the budget. It received the same 7 percent cut given most to most state agencies, including the Legislature and Governor’s office. Funding for the program was generated through an increase in the fine for delinquent tag renewal, which increased from 25 cents to $1 a day. Of the 75 cents increase, 50 cents went to REAP while the other 25 cents would stay with the tag agent.
“Rural lawmakers were very proud of their success last year in retaining REAP funding in the budget,” Sanders said. “There are supporters of REAP on both sides of the aisle and I am confident we will save REAP again.”