As Oklahoma’s 2018 legislative session approaches, the state continues to struggle with huge and chronic budget shortfalls and an inability to make the critical investments needed to ensure our prosperity and well-being. We are seeing real and encouraging signs of progress towards the adoption of smarter policies, but obstacles still stand in our way.
OK Policy’s 5th Annual State Budget Summit will bring together Oklahomans with an interest in state policy issues to gain a clearer sense of our challenges and how they can be resolved. The event will be held January 25th, 2018 at the Downtown/Medical Center Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City. Our special early-bird registration price of just $75 is available through January 12th. The cost as of January 13th is $90
Click here for the full program or, to purchase tickets, click here.
The event will include an overview budget presentation by our Executive Director David Blatt, panel discussions involving leading experts on the state budget and criminal justice, and an exciting keynote speaker, Vanessa Williamson, whose talk is titled, “Why Americans Are Proud To Pay Taxes.”
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available. Click here to apply for a scholarship by January 5th. Legislators and other elected officials may attend the State Budget Summit free of charge by contacting the OK Policy office (918-794-3944; email@example.com) for a special promo code.
Our keynote speaker, Vanessa Williamson, is a Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings. She studies the politics of redistribution, with a focus on attitudes about taxation. She is the author of the new book Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes.
Williamson is also the author, with Harvard professor Theda Skocpol, of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, which was named one of the ten best political books of the year in the New Yorker. She has testified before Congress and written for a variety of outlets including, The Atlantic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and her hometown newspaper, the Sacramento Bee. Williamson previously served as the Policy Director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She received her Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University. She has a master’s degree from NYU’s Institute of French Studies, and received her B.A. in French language and literature from NYU.
The State Budget Summit offers you a unique opportunity to be better informed on the critical issues facing Oklahoma as we head into the 2018 session. Click here to register now. We look forward to seeing you on January 25th!