QotD 4/25/18

“A simple, flat, 7-percent GPT for all oil and gas production in Oklahoma will not drive operators from Oklahoma . . . It will still, however, leave us the least-taxed major hydrocarbon producer in the country and reduce the effect of inevitable future price drops. The geology that Nature has bestowed upon us, combined with the technical savvy of local operators, will keep the industry interested in Oklahoma for as long as there is an industry.”

– Dan Boyd, petroleum geologist who worked at the Oklahoma Geological Survey for 11 years, in an editorial advocating for higher oil and gas taxes (Source)


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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