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In The Know: Tulsa County Sheriff speaks about fatal shooting, training records

by | April 21st, 2015 | Posted in Blog, In The Know | Comments (0)

In The KnowIn 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. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz spoke at a press conference about missing training and firearm certification records for the reserve deputy who fatally shot Eric Harris. Blue Bell Creameries issued a recall after foodborne illness was tracked to a production line in Broken Arrow.

The Oklahoma City School District released a report that detailed widespread failings in how discipline is administered in middle and high schools, including much higher suspension rates for students of color. The Sierra Club explained why the legislature shouldn’t take away Oklahomans’ right to regulate drilling. The State Senate passed a bill that would make it illegal to use a GPS device to stalk another person.

The Number of the Day is the average stock dividend income claimed on Oklahoma tax returns in 2013. In today’s Policy Note, Center for American Progress examined a proposed rule to make prepaid cards safer, more affordable, and more transparent. 

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Oklahoma’s (other) deficit and why it matters

by | April 1st, 2015 | Posted in Blog, Economy | Comments (2)
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As plummeting oil prices trigger layoffs in Oklahoma’s oil and gas sector, the job market is beginning to receive more scrutiny from the media, elected officials, and business leaders. Yet there was reason to be concerned about the state’s employment picture long before oil prices started to dip. We just haven’t been paying close enough attention.

If you followed the economic news and the press releases of elected officials over the past seven years, you might have gotten the impression that in Oklahoma we experienced ‘recession light’. But popular talking points about Oklahoma’s economic resiliency and a teflon-tough job market have cloaked an underlying and ongoing structural deficit in employment across all sectors.

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Upcoming Event: “Inequality – Should We Blame the Market?” with Dean Baker

by | March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, Upcoming Events | Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 2.19.27 PMThe University of Tulsa will host economist Dean Baker for the Lectureship in Politics and Law on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 p.m. Dean Baker is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be delivered in the Chapman Hall Lecture Hall at 2830 E. 5th Street. The topic of Dean Baker’s talk is “Inequality in American Society – Should We Blame the Market?”

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Calling all students: Apply for the 3rd Annual Summer Policy Institute

by | March 18th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

10639375_10102542757969537_8233470753009808843_nOklahoma Policy Institute will host the third annual Summer Policy Institute (SPI) from August 2-5, 2015 at the University of Tulsa. The event will bring together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting and stimulating three-day learning experience. SPI offers participants a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields.

The Institute will be hosted and led by Oklahoma Policy Institute staff. It will also involve leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations throughout Oklahoma. Keynote presentations will provide a chance to hear from top political practitioners and observers on such topics as political leadership, campaigns and elections, and the nuts and bolts of Oklahoma’s budget and tax system.

For more information about the Summer Policy Institute, go to http://okpolicy.org/summer-policy-institute. The application deadline is May 26th, 2015. If you’re interested in applying, go to http://okpolicy.org/apply-for-the-summer-policy-institute.

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Who Pays More? A Town Hall Forum on Predatory Lending in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Assets Network (OAN) is pleased to invite you to save the date for a town hall forum on predatory lending. This event is free and open to the public. The forum will feature remarks from Dr. Haydar Kurban, the author of new research on payday lending patterns in the state, ‘The Demographics of Payday Lending in Oklahoma.‘ Dr. Kurban is an Associate Professor of Economics at Howard University whose previous research has been published in the National Tax Journal and Economic Development Quarterly.

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Wednesday April 15th, 2015
6:30pm Heavy hors d’oeuvres
7:00-8:30pm Remarks & discussion

OU Faculty House
601 Northeast 14th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Please click here to RSVP

Please join Dr. Kurban and our local panel of experts for a discussion about the disproportionate share of predatory lenders located among particular communities and demographics, including:

  • Military families
  • Older Oklahomans
  • Lower income earners
  • Single parent households
  • Young adults
  • Communities of color

 

 

 

Following Dr. Kurban’s remarks, we will take questions and comments from the audience, and host a discussion featuring local experts and practitioners: 

  • [Moderator] Damario Solomon-Simmons, Legislative Liaison with Oklahoma Policy Institute 
  • Kate Richey, Coordinator for Oklahoma Assets Network
  • Cristy Cash, Vice President of Central Oklahoma Consumer Credit Counseling 
  • Tina Pollard, Consumer Lending Manager with Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation

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New opportunity scorecard shows Oklahomans slipping financially

by | January 29th, 2015 | Posted in Poverty & Opportunity | Comments (0)

pasted-image-small-17Conventional wisdom may seem to suggest that the economy has bounced back. Low unemployment and a stable housing market paint the picture of a prosperous Oklahoma. But if you look at the pocketbooks of the average American, the outlook is far from rosy. As CFED’s newly released 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard reveals, the economy may be improving, but how individuals and families are faring in the economy is not.

The Scorecard data confirm what most families have known for a while—that even those squarely in the middle class are living on the brink of financial disaster. In fact, 49.1 percent of Oklahoma households are ‘liquid asset poor’, meaning they lack the resources necessary to subsist at the poverty level in the event that a job loss or medical emergency leaves them without their primary source of income. The high liquid asset poverty rate is perhaps unsurprising given the other patterns we see emerge from the Scorecard data. 

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In The Know: State Rep. Kern files handful of anti-gay proposals

by | January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In The Know | Comments (0)

In The KnowIn 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. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.

State Rep. Sally Kern filed three anti-gay bills, including one to allow businesses to refuse service “to any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, group or association.” A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Oklahoma women earn some of the lowest wages in the country.

The widow of a man killed by three Moore police officers and two off-duty game wardens in the parking lot of a movie theater filed a lawsuit alleging unreasonable force; Rodriguez had not committed any crime, didn’t attempt to resist or evade arrest and didn’t have a criminal record.

A proposal to ban oil and natural gas drilling in some parts of Stillwater was rejected by the city council. Gov. Mary Fallin announced Oklahoma’s new secretary of education and workforce development.

The OK Policy Blog discusses Governor Fallin’s goal of boosting educational attainment – and President Obama’s new plan to make that happen. The Number of the Day is the percentage of women incarcerated in Oklahoma who ran away from home before age 18. In today’s Policy Note, PolicyLink published new research to inform the debate about racial equity and the future of the American economy. 

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In The Know: State Rep. proposes barring marriage licenses for same-sex couples

by | January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In The Know | Comments (0)

In The KnowIn 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. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.

Today you should know that State Rep. Todd Russ proposes barring court clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says Oklahoma teachers are underpaid.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is accused of harassment and misconduct in a suit filed by the Humane Society, alleging a campaign of harassment of the organization at the behest of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Authorities are quietly scrutinizing wells in earthquake-prone parts of the state.

Sen. Jim Inhofe supports an amendment declaring that climate change is real and not a hoax, but maintains that, “the hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate.” The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs began presenting its case against a Sequoyah County doctor who it says was overprescribing controlled substances at his clinics. 

The OK Policy Blog writes about the three biggest barriers that block Oklahomans with a felony record from putting their lives back together. The Number of the Day is the percentage of children receiving the full series of childhood vaccinations in Oklahoma. In today’s Policy Note, Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth reports on how predatory lenders drain income and wealth from economically vulnerable communities.

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New & Improved: Detailed, interactive county-level data tables

by | January 13th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Comments (1)

INSURANCEPICToday Oklahoma Policy Institute published detailed county-level tables on 12 key social and economic indicators, now including time series data. The new tables on our State & County Data resource page cover topics such as:

  • Population and income
  • Poverty and free school lunch
  • Employment in state and local government
  • Labor force participation and unemployment
  • Insurance, disability, obesity and smoking

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In The Know: Lower oil prices predicted to fuel hiring nationally

by | January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, In The Know | Comments (0)

In The KnowIn 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. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.

Today you should know that analysts predict the U.S. economy will add 300,000 more jobs this year if oil stays near its current price than if the price had remained at its June level. Oil producers are bailing out of long-term contracts for drilling rigs as crude prices fall.

Organizers of an education rally planned for March 30th say they’re expecting 50,000 people to turn up at the Capitol. Oklahoma State Rep. John Bennett renewed his attacks on Oklahoma Muslims and questioned the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ sincerity in condemning the recent Paris attack.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Oklahoma had more earthquakes last year than in the past 30 years. Representatives from Iowa Pacific shared their plan for passenger rail between Tulsa and Oklahoma City with Tulsa city councilors.

In today’s Policy Note, a new analysis from Pew Research Center finds that financially insecure Americans are far less likely to vote or be politically engaged in other ways. The Number of the Day is the number of Oklahomans who selected plans on Healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period in 2014.

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