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Today you should know that two state lawmakers chastised Oklahoma school districts that have chosen to give teachers and students a day off so they can rally for more education funding at the Capitol. The okeducationtruths blog compiled responses from educators and parents defending the rally. DREAM Act Oklahoma launched a social media campaign against KOTV over a news segment that portrayed the undocumented and Hispanic community as drug cartels.
Longtime friends Rep. Jeff Hickman and Rep. Mike Jackson will face off today in an election for a new Speaker of the House. Though she has not opposed them, Governor Fallin left out any mention of the American Indian Cultural Center and the Tulsa POP Museum from her State of the State speech and proposed budget. Lawmakers are still divided over how to fix the crumbling Capitol building.
On the OK Policy Blog, JeVonna Caine explained why Oklahoma is losing federal Medicaid funding even though the need is rising. Governor Fallin declared a state of emergency after cracks were discovered in the bridge between Lexington and Purcell. With the bridge closed, these cities are now separated by a 45-minute commute despite being less than a mile apart.
University of Tulsa economist Scott Carter explained why increasing the minimum wage is sound economics. The Oklahoman editorial board took issue with OK Policy for explaining how Governor Fallin’s proposed tax cut would affect Oklahomans at different income levels. Tulsa pastor Anthony Scott wrote that the United States should make a stronger commitment to urban education.
The Number of the Day is the percentage of nursing home bed days in Oklahoma that were funded by Soonercare in 2013. In today’s Policy Note, the Wall Street Journal shares stories of Americans trapped in a coverage gap in states refusing federal funds to expand Medicaid.
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