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July 1st, 2015
mazzei_bio Editor’s note: We came across these two thoughtful takes on the 2015 session, with a particular emphasis on the budget, from Senate Republican Mike Mazzei and House Democrat Ben Loring. Their assessments offer some stark contrasts but also some surprising… Read more
July 1st, 2015
In-The-Know In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Click here to subscribe to In The Know and see past editions. Today… Read more
June 30th, 2015
'Devon Energy Building - Christmas' by Lane Pearman / CC BY 2.0 ‘Devon Energy Building – Christmas’ by Lane Pearman / CC BY 2.0 With the start of the new fiscal year tomorrow (July 1), many new laws are set to take effect. Perhaps the most consequential new law is one passed… Read more
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47.7%

Increase in the number of women-owned businesses in Oklahoma, from 67,481 in 1997 to 99,700 in 2015.

Source: Womenable

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“There are plenty of businesses out there who do right by their employees and pay a living wage. This will actually create a more level playing field for those companies because they’ll no longer be at a disadvantage to competitors who get labor at poverty wages.”

-Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Policy Director Gene Perry, speaking about President Obama’s proposal to expand the number of employees eligible to earn overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week. The proposed Department of Labor rule would increase the income threshold for overtime eligibility from $23,660 to $50,440 (Source).

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