David Blatt

The "penny sales tax" for education didn't pass, but voters here in the Sooner State did back criminal justice reform; the "Right to Farm" State Question was rejected, yet Republicans won big all over Oklahoma on Election Day, as, indeed, they did nationwide. On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are joined by David Blatt of the OK Policy Institute , an non-partisan, non-profit think tank. Blatt talks with us about how Oklahomans voted last night on a variety of issues, questions, and candidates...

As 2016 gets underway, the most vexing question confronting Oklahoma legislators, policymakers, and various state agency heads is...how will the Sooner State solve the glaring budget hole that Oklahomans will face this year -- and next year. State Finance Director Preston Doerflinger has declared a "revenue failure" for this year, resulting in a 3% cut to all state budgets funded by General Revenue -- and the preliminary projection of revenue for next year sees a shortfall of $900 million out...

The Oklahoma Legislature will convene for this year's session on Monday, February 3rd, at noon. Which issues, both greater and lesser, will our state's lawmakers be focused on throughout 2014? We explore that multi-faceted question on this edition of StudioTulsa; our guest is David Blatt, executive director of the OK Policy Institute, which is "a non-partisan independent policy think-tank" you can learn more about here . Blatt is a widely respected public-policy expert whose work involves...

Our guest on this edition of ST is Peter Fisher, research director at the Iowa Policy Project, who co-wrote a recently published paper , "A Well-Educated Workforce Is Key to State Prosperity," for the Economic Analysis and Research Network. This network is a project of the Economic Policy Institute , or EPI, which defines itself as "a nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy." Fisher's report affirms that the...

On this installment of ST, we are discussing Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's recent decision not to join the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. This decision rejects billions in federal aid for our state, yet in a statement on Monday of this week, Fallin said: "Such an expansion would be unaffordable, costing the state of Oklahoma up to $475 million between now and 2020, with escalating annual expenses in subsequent years." It's already become a widely debated issue; the expansion...

The second regular session of the 53rd Oklahoma Legislature (2011-2012) was recently adjourned. (The state legislature will convene for its first regular session of the 54th Oklahoma Legislature [2013-2014] on January 8th, 2013.) With the session now over, many citizens are wondering why the legislature DIDNT adopt a tax-cut plan. Wasnt this the oft-repeated aim of the GOP-controlled House, Senate, and Governors Mansion? Werent statewide tax cuts --- and even, indeed, the eventual elimination...