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This week on the OK Policy Blog, we explained how a nonsensical double-dip tax break is costing Oklahoma millions. Almost one year after introducing a new school meals program to help kids in poverty, we checked back in and found that it saves money, allows schools to allocate staff more efficiently, and means students eat better. In his Capitol Update, Steve Lewis writes that public support can help two sexual abuse awareness bills advance in the Legislature.
Oklahoma Assets Network invites you to Who Pays More?, a town hall forum on predatory lending in Oklahoma on April 15th at 6:30pm at the OU Faculty House. The forum will feature remarks from Dr. Haydar Kurban, the author of new research on payday lending patterns in the state, “The Demographics of Payday Lending in Oklahoma,” followed by a panel discussion. Click here to RSVP.
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This week in his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt discussed a new documentary film, Children of the Civil Rights, and the legacy of the civil rights movement. Blatt was also interviewed on KWGS about solutions for solving the state’s $611 million shortfall. (Click here for an inexplicable but entertaining gibberish version.)
Weekly What’s That
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax credit that subsidizes work for low-income families. More than 26 million households will receive a total of $60 billion in reduced taxes and refunds in 2015, according to the Tax Policy Center, making the EITC the nation’s largest cash or near cash assistance program after the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Read more here.