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This profile was last updated on 4/14/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.


Phone: (918) ***-****  
Oklahoma Policy Institute
907 S Detroit Ave, Suite 1005
Tulsa , Oklahoma 74120
United States

Company Description: Oklahoma Policy Institute is a new state policy organization committed to advancing policies aimed at promoting fiscal responsibility, expanding economic...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director


  • B.A.
    University of Alberta
  • Ph.D. , political science
    Cornell University
  • Ph.D.
184 Total References
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David Blatt, executive ..., 14 April 2015 [cached]
David Blatt, executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank, suggests that doing away with the deduction would be a good place to again look for revenue.
According to Blatt, the deduction primarily benefits higher-income Oklahomans. Taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 a year represent less than 3 percent of all Oklahoma households, he said, yet they claimed a full 75.4 percent of the deduction for state income taxes.
On the other side, almost two-thirds of Oklahoma households (65.7 percent) have income under $50,000, yet this population accounted for just 6.8 percent of the deduction on state income taxes. Eliminating it would garner $97 million for the state, he estimated.
Blatt said he thinks fear of the political ramifications of tax hikes is what's keeping the lawmakers from touching the issue. "Even though nobody can point to the public policy served by the deduction," he said, "it's sort of part of the conversation, but doesn't seem to get pushed into the final discussion."
What are SSN Regional Networks? | Scholars Strategy Network, 3 April 2015 [cached]
David Blatt Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute
Alliance for Oklahoma's Future :: About Us :: Alliance Members, 9 Sept 2008 [cached]
· *Community Action Project of Tulsa County (David Blatt, Chair)
Homepage, 7 July 2008 [cached]
David Blatt, chair of the Alliance for Oklahoma's Future and director of policy for the Oklahoma Policy Institute News, 16 June 2006 [cached]
David Blatt, spokesman for the Tulsa-based Alliance for Oklahoma's Future, praised the leadership for averting a shutdown.
At the same time, Blatt said he is concerned that "enacting permanent and irreversible tax cuts will come back to haunt us."
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