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On the OK Policy Blog this week, we found that same-sex marriage will boost Oklahoma’s income tax revenue. We argued that we shouldn’t allow criminal justice reform in Oklahoma to be driven by fear. In a guest post, a local high school history teacher describes what Oklahoma’s education crisis looks like from the ground.
Executive Director David Blatt wrote in a blog post and in his Journal Record column that the state Attorney General’s lawsuit to take away the subsidies that allowed 55,000 Oklahomans to purchase affordable health insurance is based on a misguided reading of the law.
On the heels of new poverty data from the Census Bureau, we’ve released our 2013 Oklahoma Poverty Profile. We reviewed the new poverty data earlier, and found that Oklahoma’s economy is leaving too many people behind.
Mark your calendars: On November 10th, OK Policy will host Dr. Lawrence R. Jacobs, a leading expert on health care policy, for his lunchtime talk “The 2014 Elections and the Future of Health Reform.” Click here to purchase tickets.
This week on the OK PolicyCast, we talked to policy analyst Carly Putnam about economic opportunities for women in Oklahoma, a topic she wrote about on the OK Policy Blog. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or RSS.
In our Editorial of the Week, The Tulsa World’s editorial board argued that the state Department of Education still needs to meet its testing mandate this winter despite unrest over standardized testing and having no testing vendor lined up.
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