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Lawmakers announce plans, with few specifics, for economic development funding | Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawmakers announced Friday that they plan to distribute the $250 million they set aside in a special fund meant to bolster rural economic development. But though the vote is less a week away, Republican leaders weren’t yet prepared to reveal publicly how they’ll spend those taxpayer funds.

A Democratic lawmaker, meanwhile, said he’s concerned about the lack of transparency. State Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, said he hadn’t heard Friday afternoon when contacted by a reporter that Republican lawmakers had a plan for how to disperse the $250 million they placed into the Progressing Rural Economic Prosperity, or PREP, Fund.

Republican lawmakers said Friday that they plan to return to special session Wednesday to officially allocate more than $1…

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