Bipartisan panel to discuss Okla. budget picture

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State legislative leaders, agency directors and academics are among those who will be discussing the state's finances during an upcoming panel discussion.

The Oklahoma Policy Institute is hosting a State Budget Summit Thursday at the Oklahoma History Center. The Tulsa-based think-tank advocates for increased funding for state services.

Among the panelists scheduled for the summit include Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger, House Democratic Leader Scott Inman and Oklahoma Health Care Authority Director Nico Gomez.

The panel is expected to discuss issues like funding for education, increased pay for state workers, tax breaks for the oil and gas industry, and reforms to the state's pension systems.

The keynote speaker will be William Hoagland, senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and a longtime U.S. Senate staffer.

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