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Today you should know that the Tulsa World obtained emails showing how state leaders made the decision to move forward with the new A-F school grading system that more than 300 superintendents say is flawed. A Muslim man is seeking answers from federal law enforcement agencies about what he describes as their harassment of him and his family since his return to Oklahoma from the Middle East. Hours before a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, police in Oklahoma arrested a teenager for allegedly plotting to attack his high school.
Wayne Greene discussed how the 2010 budget crisis was used to strike a tax deal with the oil and gas industry that is now costing the state dearly. OK Policy previously made the case for why Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry tax breaks are unnecessary and unaffordable. State budget cuts may soon kill the only source of free adult basic education courses and GED testing in Lawton.
Oklahoma hospitals remain determined to convince state leaders to expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. An Oklahoma City commercial real estate broker writes in NewsOK on why providing health care access is pro-business. See more resources from OK Policy on why expanding Medicaid in Oklahoma makes sense.
NewsOK reported on the challenge for incoming House Speaker T.W. Shannon to manage competing factions within his own party. Shannon has named new House Committee leaders and created a States’ Rights Committee. Oklahoma House Democrats say they can still be effective to challenge cuts to the personal income tax rate that could cripple state government. The Enid News and Eagle warned that legislators should proceed with caution on tax cuts, and the Tulsa World wrote that the renewed tax cut discussion is oblivious to Oklahoma’s circumstances.
The Number of the Day is the number of schools in Oklahoma awarded a 2012 National Blue Ribbon for explemary high performance. In today’s Policy Note, the Huffington Post reports on why Walmart workers are especially vulnerable to going without medical coverage in states that do not join the Medicaid expansion.