Oklahoma's oil patch is booming, its capital city is thriving and the unemployment rate is falling through the floor, testifying to the state's roaring recovery from the recession.
But even though revenue is pouring into the state treasury, the legislature is wrestling with a budget crisis that could prompt cuts to education, public safety and health care.
In Oklahoma, though, the diversion of tax revenue has been continuous and dramatic, with new breaks approved piecemeal without projecting how much money would be left.
According to the state budget office, only 44 percent of revenue now goes into the General Revenue Fund, which supports most major state programs like schools, prisons and child welfare. Seven years ago, the share was 55 percent.
Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up vast new oil and gas plays. The Oklahoma City skyline has been transformed with a massive new 50-story skyscraper built by oil company Devon Energy. Unemployment has dropped below 5 percent.
However, funding for public schools is now $200 million below where it was in 2009, while student enrollment is up 40,000. State employees haven't received a raise in more than six years and disability programs are suffering.
Preston Doerflinger, Gov. Mary Fallin's chief negotiator on budget matters, said state agencies can save money by becoming more efficient, but that the Legislature should consider the budget impact when approving new tax credits.