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This week on the OK Policy Blog, we wrote that lawmakers are pushing another unproven tax break, with no idea what it will cost. We fact-checked a legislator and found that no, school consolidation would not boost teacher salaries. We explained that Kansas is considering expanding health coverage to low-income residents, and discussed why Oklahoma should do the same.
Steve Lewis shared what’s left for the legislative session, now that we’ve reached the halfway point. Lorraine Minnite of Rutgers University discussed that while voter fraud in the US is a myth, the myth is dangerous because it’s too often used to restrict access to voting.
In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt wrote in praise of the teachers who will rally for better education funding at the Capitol on Monday. In the Tulsa World, Blatt described seven things Oklahoma can do to balance its budget without damaging health, safety or economic well-being, and policy analyst Carly Putnam explained why Governor Fallin should drop her opposition to affordable health insurance if she’s serious about making Oklahoma a healthier state. OK Policy staffer and Oklahoma Assets Network coordinator Kate Richey was quoted in a NewsOK article on payday lending. Oklahoma Watch quoted Policy Director Gene Perry in an article on the Quality Jobs Program.
- Together Oklahoma will hold a general meeting on Thursday, April 2nd, at the Ralph Ellison Library in Oklahoma City to discuss what we can do to improve the budget situation.
- A forum hosted by the Scholars Strategy Network will discuss balancing public engagement and an academic career on April 6 at 6pm in the Associate’s Room in OU’s Oklahoma Memorial Union.
- The University of Tulsa will host Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Researcher, for his lecture “Inequality in American Society – Should We Blame the Market?” on April 9 at 7pm in the Chapman Lecture Hall.
- Oklahoma Assets Network will present “Who Pays More? A Town Hall Forum on Predatory Lending in Oklahoma” on April 15th at 6:30pm at the OU Faculty House.
Weekly What’s That:
Board of Equalization
The State Board of Equalization was established in 1907 by the Oklahoma Constitution. The Board is responsible for providing an official estimate of how much revenue will be available for the Oklahoma Legislature to budget for the coming year. Read more.