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Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, presiding over a tax credit task force meeting.

Rep. David Dank, a Budget Bigwig


David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, is an key lawmaker on state budget issues here in Oklahoma.

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Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, presiding over a tax credit task force meeting.

He’s a member of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee and chairs the Revenue and Taxation subcommittee.

Rep. Dank also co-chairs the Task Force on State Tax Credits and Economic Incentives — the tax credit task force — which is reviewing tax credits and economic incentives.

He’s no fan of tax credits that don’t have caps, adequate accounting or transparency, and firmly believes that economic incentives must equate to direct job growth.

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