Presentation at USAO to Help Explain State Budget
Following the state budget process, what state agencies are being cut and how this impacts the citizens of Oklahoma can be a daunting task. To help work through some of the information, Dr. David Blatt, director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, will be in Chickasha July 8.
Blatt is scheduled to be at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma at 4 p.m. in the Davis Hall Amphitheater on the college campus. The presentation is free and the public is invited. The event is part of the State and Local Government class at the university.
"Dr. Blatt is an expert on the state budget and can help elucidate the process for the rest of us," said Dr. Aleisha Karjala, assistant professor of political science at USAO.
Blatt is one of the founders of the Oklahoma Policy Institute and became director in 2010. His work involves conducting research, writing papers and giving public presentations on state budget and tax policy, poverty, asset development, as well as other subjects.
Recognized as one of the state's leading experts on fiscal policy, Blatt served for seven years as director of public policy for the Community Action Project of Tulsa County and for three years as a budget analyst for the State Senate.
Blatt has a doctoral degree in political science from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Patty Hipsher, a political science professor at Oklahoma State University and their son, Noah.
The Oklahoma Policy Institute provides timely and credible information, analysis and commentary on policy issues affecting Oklahoma. Its mission is to advance policies aimed at alleviating poverty, promoting fiscal responsibility and expanding economic opportunity.
The organization conducts objective analysis of state policy issues in order to better position Oklahoma to become a more prosperous, better educated, healthier, and increasingly equitable state.
State budget information and ideas for managing the state fiscal crisis are available at the organization's website -- www.okpolicy.org.