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Today you should know that the Obama administration has picked the Choctaw Nation as one of the first five organizations to test a new anti-poverty program for chronically poor areas. Twenty Republican lawmakers announced they are supporting Joy Hofmeister’s primary challenge to superintendent Janet Barresi. NewsOK reported on Governor Fallin’s efforts to more closely link education and workforce training. A NewsOK op-ed argues that the United States education reform debate is missing the bigger picture.
The OK Policy Blog discusses how declining revenues mean lawmakers will struggle to balance the state budget this year, even if they don’t pass additional tax cuts. State Treasurer Ken Miller said it might be time for Oklahoma to review the state’s tax break for horizontal drilling. The Tulsa World wrote that the tax break is unaffordable when Oklahoma is not meeting its fundamental moral obligations to educate children and hold prisoners safely.
An OU student activist who is facing potential “terrorism hoax” charges for hanging a banner at the Devon Tower released a statement about what happened. An Arkansas woman whose special-needs brother died in Oklahoma delivered a petition to Governor Fallin with 460,000 signatures expressing “outrage at the dysfunction” of the state’s child welfare system.
A report by The Population Institute gave Oklahoma gets a D- for reproductive health. Governor Fallin’s tribal liason released an annual on her negotiations with tribes. You can see the full report here. The Number of the Day is how much less is expected to be available for state appropriations in FY 2015 compared to FY 2014. In today’s Policy Note, the Center for American Progress assesses how America has changed 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty.
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