(Mike Allen)

Who doesn’t love donuts? A sweet, fried treat that is easy to eat, donuts are hard to turn down. Splitting a limited box of them, however, can sour even the most enthusiastic fans.

The metaphor above, as it pertains to our wonderful state, was tossed out last week by House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols (R-OKC) while defending his caucus’ education package and criticizing the Senate’s concerns with the “Oklahoma Student Fund” proposal.

“How do I justify giving my urban schools more money but not giving them (as much as rural schools)? I tell them don’t be a child. That argument to me is just beyond ridiculous. We know this is the formula that unlocks all the extra money,” Echols said. “What’s interesting is I’ve never had a kindergartener say ‘No’ to a donut because somebody else gets two donuts. The reality is, that’s what this is about.”

Either coincidentally or as a gubernatorial subtweet, when Gov. Kevin Stitt’s daily schedule was released Thursday, it showed him meeting with House Speaker Charles McCall (R-Atoka) at 8 a.m. and attending “Donuts with the Governor” at 8:45 a.m.

With McCall and Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat (R-OKC) fighting for two months, Stitt sided with the House last week, but now the Senate has turned up the heat on their counterparts.

Tense negotiations between Treat and McCall are nothing new. In fact, I have lampooned them in cartoon form before. This year’s fight, however, just has the feeling of being a bit larger, like there’s more “umph” to the back and forth between the chambers. Things were pretty bad a few years ago when the state didn’t have any money, and somehow they might be just as bad when there’s a lot to go around. Will one side end up with more donuts than the other, or will they find a knife (metaphorically) and split them evenly?

Either way, something needs to get done, and soon. Maybe Stitt will bring donuts to his usual Tuesday morning meeting with Treat and McCall. If there are any leftover, send them to the press rooms.

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