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This Week from OK Policy
On the OK Policy Blog, Blatt praised a settlement reached between several area nonprofits and the Oklahoma State Elections Board designed to ensure more low-income Oklahomans can register to vote. Our work on repairing Oklahoma’s broken democracy can be found here. Outgoing summer intern Derek Wietelman explored Oklahoma should tax carbon emissions. A new interactive by Policy Director Gene Perry shows what professions dominate in Oklahoma, and what those professions pay.
In his Capitol Update, Steve Lewis points out that lawmakers are still asking state agencies to do more with less funding. Writing in the Journal Record, Blatt discussed a new school meals program that allows high-poverty schools to serve breakfast and lunch to all students free of charge. The program, called the Community Eligibility Provision, allows schools to feed more children more efficiently.
We Want You (and/or Your Students)!
- College students are invited to apply for our fall internship and research fellowship. The internship is available to any student enrolled in an Oklahoma college with at least four semesters of credit who can travel to Tulsa at least once per week. Internships are paid, and are available for both research and advocacy. Research fellowships are available to graduate students. Research Fellows are each expected to prepare a blog post on issues related to their research in the fall and to conduct a legislative bill analysis in the spring. OK Policy provides each fellow a stipend. Click here to learn more about these opportunities and how to apply. The application deadline for the internships and research fellowships is Friday, August 28th.
- OK Policy is also hiring a full-time policy analyst to conduct research and analysis on issues of economic opportunity and financial security affecting low- and moderate-income Oklahomans. The position will also involve substantial work with the Oklahoma Assets Network, a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations led by OK Policy working to build stronger financial foundations for all Oklahomans. Click here to see more about the job description and how to apply. The application deadline for the policy analyst position is close of business on Monday, August 24th.