The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce will host a free “Lunch and Learn” seminar on Nov. 16 to help area residents understand the budget crisis impacting the state of Oklahoma.

Chamber Executive Director Joni Nash said the seminar “Follow the Money! Understanding Our State Budget” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pawhuska Community Center, 520 Lynn Avenue. Lunch will be provided by American Heritage Bank.

“We are bringing in Mike Jackson from the State Chamber of Commerce to explain how government dollars are being spent, which agencies are receiving the largest shares and how the budget deficit impacts our state,” Nash said. “Mike is very good at explaining this, and this is one of the few stops that he will make in the state to present this popular seminar. The presentation is so popular, that Mike has to limit when and where he is able to share this important information. Pawhuska is very lucky to have him stop here.”

Nash said Jackson will break down the complexities of the state’s budget into a manageable and meaningful understanding of our state’s financial situation. He is the executive vice president of government and political affairs and advocacy for the State Chamber in Oklahoma City.

Because of the expected turnout for Jackson’s presentation, Nash said those who are wanting to attend the Nov. 16 meeting will need to RSVP by calling the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at (918) 287-1208.

Jackson joined the State Chamber in 2014 after serving 10 years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, according to the State Chamber’s website. He served the last two years of his legislative career as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and served on all committees.

Jackson helped with the development of rules, presided over numerous sessions and passed many bills that were good for business. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Jackson was the northwest field representative for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and the public information officer for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.