Director of State Finance Michael Clingman to speak at Cameron Business Forum

Cameron University's Business Research Center will present Oklahoma Director of State Finance Michael Clingman during a business forum dealing with Oklahoma budgetary issues on Wednesday, March 31. The presentation, starting at 1 p.m. in the Shepler Ballroom, will be followed by a panel discussion about the Oklahoma Budget and its potential impact on local and regional economies. Panelists include the Honorable Fred L. Fitch, Mayor of the City of Lawton; Mr. Larry Mitchell, Lawton City Manager; and the Honorable Gene Brown, Mayor of the City of Duncan. Refreshments will be served after the forum. The forum is open to the public at no charge.

Clingman will discuss the 2010 budget, will explore the challenges in crafting the Fiscal Year 2011 budget during the current session of the Oklahoma Legislature, and will also consider early indications for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. He will also discuss problems other states are having which could impact Oklahoma by creating a need for additional federal funds beyond those authorized through 2011. Panelists will address local and regional ramifications of state budget allocations and respond to audience questions about budgetary issues.

Appointed to his post by Governor Brad Henry in December 2008, Clingman oversees the agency that provides budget and policy support to the governor. OSF also manages state revenue matters, reviews and processes state payroll and vendor claims, conducts gaming compliance reviews and oversees state information systems. He has 20 years of experience in public service, including stints with the Election Board, the Oklahoma Insurance Fund, the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court and the Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission. Mr. Clingman also served on the staff of Gov. George Nigh and has worked in the insurance industry.

For more information, contact Dr. Syed Ahmed, Director, Business Research Center, CU School of Business at 580-581-2430/5438.

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March 17, 2010
PR# 10-055