Shameless Self-Promotion Dept: Budget forum at UCO

Straight off the press release. Note especially the “free and open to the public” part. Come cheer me on!

The University of Central Oklahoma Policy Institute will be host for a panel discussion – “Oklahoma’s budget crisis in the midst of recession: What policies should the state pursue to minimize the budget shortfalls?” – from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at UCO’s Nigh University Center.

Panelists will include state Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond; state Rep. Ken Miller, R-Edmond; and David Blatt, director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

“Policymakers are facing budget challenges as a result of the current economy,” said Jeremy Oller, associate director of the UCO Policy Institute and assistant professor of economics at UCO’s College of Business Administration. “This presentation is intended to provide an open forum to discuss the current state of the Oklahoma budget, and to provide insight on the solutions that are or should be considered.”

The panel presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation is part of the 27th annual Southwest Business Symposium.


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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