Bingman Appoints OU Economist to Incentive Evaluation Commission

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman makes an appointment to the Incentive Evaluation Commission, an entity he helped to create last year. Bingman announced University of Oklahoma economist Cynthia Rogers will serve a term that expires in June 2020.

Bingman said his appointment would bring exceptional leadership skills and valued experience to the Incentive Evaluation Commission.

“Thoroughly evaluating economic incentives is a critical part of our overall effort to promote fiscally sound management of taxpayer dollars,” said Bingman. “As our budget situation has made clear, we are at a point where we must carefully examine all state spending, and economic incentives will continue to be a part of that discussion. We provide more than $1.7 billion in economic incentives, and to protect taxpayers we need to ensure they are effective.”

Last year, Bingman’s House Bill 2182 created the commission and gave it the mission to review economic incentives offered by the state of Oklahoma.

Before taking on the position of professor of economics at OU, Rogers has experience with the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University and served as president of the Southern Regional Science Foundation. She currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Affairs and the Review of Regional Studies.

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