Join us for the 2017 State Budget Summit

As Oklahoma’s 2017 legislative session approaches, the combination of continued budget shortfalls at the state level and a new national Administration and Congress committed to far-reaching changes to critical programs have created an unprecedented level of uncertainty and apprehension. OK Policy’s 4th Annual State Budget Summit, which will be held on Thursday, January 26th in Oklahoma City, will bring together all those with an interest in state policy issues for a day of thoughtful discussion and exchange of ideas aimed at understanding the challenges we now face and charting a course for a more prosperous future.

The special early-bird registration price of just $75 is available through January 5th. Click here to register. The cost as of January 6th is $90.

The keynote lunchtime speaker will be Paul Pierson, political science professor at University of California at Berkeley and co-author with Jacob S. Hacker of the acclaimed new book  American Amnesia: How the War on Government Made us Forget What Made American Prosper.  Pierson will put our current political context into an historical perspective that shows how and why Americans have lost their understanding of the critical role that government has played as a partner in shared prosperity.  

The event will include an overview budget presentation by Executive Director David Blatt; sessions with leading experts and policymakers on the national landscape and state outlook; and a hands-on closing session aimed at helping advocates turn the ideas we have heard into action during the upcoming session.

Click here for the full program or here to go directly to the registration page to purchase tickets.  A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available through the generosity of the Lemon Family in memory of Steve Cranford. Click here to apply for a scholarship. 

Legislators and other elected officials are invited to attend the State Budget Summit free of charge by selecting the “Elected Official” option from the registration page.

If you have questions about registration or the event, please call 918-794-3944 or email Shiloh Kantz,

The State Budget Summit is a unique opportunity for policymakers, leaders and staff from government, business and non-profit organizations, advocates, educators, and others to come together to become better informed and more effectively engaged. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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