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Correction: Yesterday’s In The Know incorrectly identified Wanda Felty as the parent of a child currently on the DDSD waiting list. We regret the error.
Today In The News
Gov. Mary Fallin says state budget woes not indicative of economic climate: Gov. Mary Fallin spent 32 minutes Tuesday assuring a Tulsa Regional Chamber luncheon that Oklahoma’s economy is performing better than recent state revenue failures might suggest. Investment is up, Fallin said. Businesses are expanding. The labor force is growing. Which raises the question: If the economy is doing so well, why isn’t tax revenue keeping pace? That, really, was Fallin’s point. Or one of them [Tulsa World]. Next year’s budget starts over $400 million in the hole [OK Policy].
Second verse, only worse: What the Senate Republican health care plan would mean for Oklahoma: Last week, Senate Republicans emerged from secret negotiations to unveil their version of a major health care bill. Those expecting that the Senate would produce a better health plan than the House are likely underwhelmed by the Senate’s efforts. The Senate Republican health plan (the Better Care Reconciliation Plan, or BCRA) would require Americans purchasing private insurance on the individual marketplace to pay substantially more for worse health coverage. It would also undercut the American health care safety net, nearly doubling the uninsured rate, while delivering a massive tax cut for corporations and the wealthy [OK Policy]. Facing intransigent Republican opposition, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, on Tuesday delayed a vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act [The New York Times].
As Criminal Justice Laws Take Effect, Uncertainty Surrounds Bigger Changes: Later this week, criminal justice measures approved by Oklahoma voters in November will take effect, testing predictions that fewer people will go to prison and taxpayers will ultimately save millions of dollars. But even before those laws kick in July 1, questions swirl as to whether they will be undermined in part by local prosecutors or a lack of funds and won’t fully achieve their stated purpose. Even if they succeed – by keeping thousands of nonviolent offenders from becoming felons – advocates for change acknowledge it won’t be enough to halt the state’s rising tide of incarceration [Oklahoma Watch]. SQ 780 should save Oklahoma millions next year [OK Policy].
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