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Today you should know that the Tulsa World is publishing an in-depth series on a high-poverty school that was given an ‘F’ on the state’s A-F grading system. The latest story in the series looks at how high teacher turnover is wreaking havoc at the school. House members says they want a commitment from the governor and Senate to fund targeted state worker pay increases this year before signing off on a pension overhaul bill.
Eight judicial reform bills that T.W. Shannon touted before stepping down as House Speaker did not make it through committee. Governor Fallin said she will not release key e-mails related to her decision to refuse federal funds for Medicaid until after she leaves office. The Oklahoma State Board of Education’s meeting in Enid Thursday violated the Open Meetings Act, forcing the board to meet again to vote on several items that are invalid.
A bill was approved in House committee that would give a tax credit to Oklahomans for going without health insurance. The credit would be equal to any tax penalties assessed by the federal government for not having insurance. Tulsa World editor Julie DelCour discussed the consequences of Oklahoma’s underfunding of mental health treatment. Oklahoma Watch discussed how Oklahoma and other Republican-led states rely more on federal funds because we have higher poverty.
More than a dozen Oklahoma business leaders are joining hundreds more nationwide urging Congress to pass immigration reform. Chesapeake Energy Corp. posted a net loss of $159 million this quarter. The company announced this week that it is looking to sell or spinoff its oil-field service business. Oklahoma State University settled a federal lawsuit by an anti-abortion student group. The group sued after being denied permission to display photos of aborted fetuses in high-traffic areas of campus.
The Number of the Day is the percentage increase in corporate income tax refunds paid out by Oklahoma through January this fiscal year, compared to the same period last year. In today’s policy note, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities discussed a new federal program that could make high-poverty schools hunger free.
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