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Former Bellmon top advisor, non-profit director join OK Policy board

Oklahoma Policy Institute is pleased to announce that Andrew Tevington, who served for many years as a top advisor to Governor Henry Bellmon, and Felicia Collins Correia, whose experience includes over 25 years as CEO of major non-profit organizations in Tulsa, have been elected to its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to add two widely-admired and respected individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our state through their professional careers and community service,” said Vince LoVoi, OK Policy’s Board Chair. “Felicia and Andrew will add to our tradition of building a strong, nonpartisan board that is thoughtful, far-sighted, policy-focused, and comprised of individuals who bring a wide range of personal and professional experiences to the table.”

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Introducing the new okpolicy.org

by | May 11th, 2015 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

Photo by Gene Perry

Photo by Gene Perry

Welcome to the new okpolicy.org! We’ve redesigned the website from the bottom up to make it more beautiful and accessible.

A growing percentage of visitors to okpolicy.org are arriving on mobile phones or tablets, so a big priority for our redesign is to provide a much better experience across devices. The new site has a responsive layout for easy reading and navigation, whether you’re holding a phone, tablet, or a mouse. Check us out on your different devices or shrink your browser window to see the change in action.

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See our Summer Policy Institute video preview, and apply by May 26!

by | April 29th, 2015 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

Apply by May 26th for this year’s Summer Policy Institute! Click here to learn more and apply.

Video credits: Footage by Sam Stalcup and Kara Joy McKee. Edited by Amina Benalioulhaj, Bread & Roses Media. Voiceover by Kara Joy McKee. Music by Marcus Neely.

Are you our next summer intern?

by | April 21st, 2015 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

446px-Uncle_Sam_(pointing_finger)We are pleased to offer two exciting opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Oklahoma public policy.

We are now accepting student applicants for a paid, part-time or full-time internship during the summer of 2015. Interns will be expected to work between 15 and 40 hours per week, depending on their schedules and availability. The position will be based in our Tulsa office, with occasional opportunities to work from home or school.

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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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An invitation from OK Policy

by | March 9th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

We believe that Oklahoma can be a great state, one that ensures prosperity for all our citizens through good schools, good jobs, good health and strong communities. To make the best policy decisions that lead us to this better future, policymakers and citizens need good, factual information. But the way Oklahomans get their news and information is changing more quickly than ever before.

To better provide the tools you need to stay informed and to advocate for fair and responsible public policies, we’re conducting some research on how you find our information and how you put it to use, as well as what we can do differently to better serve you.

So, if you have a few moments to spare, we invite you to fill out the OK Policy Audience Survey.

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Use these tools to decipher the Oklahoma Legislature

Photo by David Goehring.

Photo by David Goehring.

Next week, the Oklahoma Legislature comes back into session. Legislators will debate bills and make decisions that affect all Oklahomans, but the process can be hard to follow for the average citizen. That’s why we’ve created a number of tools to help you decipher what happens at the state Capitol.

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The Weekly Wonk for January 11, 2015

by | January 11th, 2015 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

the_weekly_wonkThe Weekly Wonk is a summary of Oklahoma Policy Institute’s events, publications, blog posts, and coverage. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The KnowClick here to subscribe to In The Know.

This week, OK Policy executive director David Blatt discussed why another tax cut is being triggered even as Oklahoma already faces a nearly $300 million budget shortfall. OK Policy research fellow Cassidy Hamilton looked at what’s behind Oklahoma’s high infant mortality rate and the troubling statistic that African-American infants in Oklahoma are more likely to die in their first year of life than children born in the Gaza Strip or in Saudi Arabia. Policy analyst Carly Putnam explained how Oklahoma lawmakers’ refusal to accept federal funds to cover the uninsured is devastating the state’s rural hospitals.

For the latest post in our Neglected Oklahoma series, Camille Landry looks at the stark contrast between how Oklahoma and Missouri handle foster care reunifications, and how Oklahoma families are paying a tragic price. This week’s Capitol Update from Steve Lewis discusses how all the talk of budget reform won’t accomplish much until lawmakers quit gambling on tomorrow’s revenue. In the latest OK PolicyCast, we talk with April Merrill, an attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, about what it’s like serving as part of Oklahoma’s “emergency room” for legal assistance.

The Oklahoman shared comments from David Blatt and others on what was the biggest Oklahoma health story of 2014. CapitolBeatOK wrote that OK Policy’s role of providing another side to policy debates at the capitol was one of the top Oklahoma news stories of 2014.

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Our 11 most popular blog posts in 2014

by | December 29th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

1024px-Internet1This year OK Policy reached more people through our web site than ever before. Visitors over the course of the year were up 70 percent from 2013, and we averaged more than 25,000 visitors per month. Of those, 65.1 percent of our visitors came from Oklahoma, 7.2 percent came from Texas, and 2.7 percent from California. No other state or country brought more than 2 percent of the visitors to our site. 

Within the state, readers in Oklahoma City led the way by making up 29.8 percent of our visits. OKC was followed by Tulsa at 17.9 percent and Norman at 7.4 percent. Just over half of visitors viewed our site on a desktop computer (51.3 percent), compared to 38.7 percent reading on a mobile phone and 10.0 percent on a tablet.

So what were they coming to see? Here are our top 11 most popular posts for the year. (This list includes only posts that were originally published in 2014. A couple of perennial favorites about private prisons and drug-testing welfare applicants also made the most-read list.)

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Five reasons NOT to donate to OK Policy

by | December 23rd, 2014 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

Close-up ScroogeTypically, when we reach out to ask you to contribute to Oklahoma Policy Institute, we list all the good reasons why you should support our work with a tax-deductible donation. But because we are a fair and nonpartisan organization, it’s become an end-of-year tradition for us to share a reminder that there are plenty of great reasons not to contribute to OK Policy as well. Here are five of them:

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