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2019 State Budget Summit

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center

741 North Phillips Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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As the 2019 legislative session approaches, Oklahoma Policy Institute's 6th Annual State Budget Summit will be a must for anyone looking to be better informed and more actively engaged on state budget issues. This year’s Summit will feature panels of top state leaders and keynote speaker William Julius Wilson, a Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, is one of the nation's most highly respected and honored social scientists. The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 23rd.

For more detailed information, visit http://okpolicy.org/SBS19

Program:

8:30 – 9:15: Check-In and Light Breakfast

9:15 – 9:25: Welcome and Introductions: Don Millican, Board Chair, Oklahoma Policy Institute

9:25 – 10:10: Overview Presentation: Oklahoma’s Budget: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going.”- David Blatt, Executive Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute

10:10 – 10:25: Break

10:25 – 11:55: Panel Discussion:“The State Budget: Where To From Here?”

Oklahoma made major progress last year in putting its fiscal affairs on the right track, but still has distance to go to reverse years of cuts to public services. In this session, state and tribal leaders will share their perspectives on the state’s current budget situation and their vision for what a budget that meets the needs of Oklahomans would look like.

Panelists: Sen. Roger Thompson, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair; Rep. Emily Virgin, House Minority Leader; Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation; Terri White, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Dr. Deborah Gist, Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Moderator: David Blatt, Executive Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute

11:55 – 1:20: Lunch

12:20 – 1:20: Keynote Presentation: “Race, Class, and Urban Poverty in the Age of Trump”

William Julius Wilson is a Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, is one of the nation's most highly respected and honored social scientists. Among his numerous academic contributions and achievements over the last 52 years, Dr. Wilson was selected in 1996 by Time magazine as one of America’s 25 Most Influential People. He is a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, and the author of numerous publications, including More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City, which will be available for sale at the event.

1:20 – 1:35: Break

1:35 – 3:30: Panel Discussion: “The Oklahoma Children's Budget"

The most important investment we can make to ensure the future prosperity of our state is in Oklahoma children. Making sure all Oklahoma kids have a safe environment, can access nutritious food and excellent health care, and have great learning opportunities is an essential goal for the state budget and our whole society. While Oklahoma has made progress in areas like reforming the child welfare system and funding a sorely-needed teacher raise, in other areas we still have significant gaps in what’s needed to make sure all children can thrive. This panel will discuss how well Oklahoma’s current budget priorities match the needs of our state’s children and what we can do to close the gaps.

Panelists: Joe Dorman, CEO, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy; Gail Lapidus, CEO, Family and Children’s Services; Gloria Torres, Vice Chair, Oklahoma City School Board, District 6; Dr. Scott Melson, Physician and Board Vice President of Let’s Fix This; Steve Buck, Executive Director, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs

Moderator: Gene Perry, Director of Strategy and Communication / KIDS COUNT Coordinator, Oklahoma Policy Institute

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