Quote of the Day | February 12, 2019

“(The auditors) are saying maybe you need a collection agent to go out there and squeeze the last bit of blood out of that turnip. Yet there’s a constant drumbeat now to perhaps do away with some of those fees. So do you go collect them, or do you let it go?”

-Oklahoma District Attorneys Council executive coordinator Trent Baggett, responding to auditors who called for DAs to hire collections agencies to go after unpaid fees from defendants [Source: Oklahoma Watch]


Gene Perry joined OK Policy in January 2011. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism. Gene also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, is a trustee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and has chaired the communications advisory committee for the State Priorities Partnership, a nationwide network of state fiscal policy think tanks. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Kara Joy McKee, who is a Tulsa City Councilor.

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