State Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, told a legislative panel that the state spends $40 million a year more than comparable states in large part because of higher education exemptions from laws including the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act, which enables public organizations to consolidate their purchases, TulsaWorld reports. Oklahoma Chancellor Glen Johnson spoke in favor of the exemptions, which help universities save money, he said. About $40 million was saved this year on purchases made by universities through higher education discounts they receive through their own purchases, he said…

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