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OK PolicyCast Episode 28: Mid-Session Update

by | April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (1)

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Now that we’re just past the halfway point in the Legislative session, Kara Joy and Gene talk about which key bills are still alive, which are dead, and what’s at play in negotiations over the state budget. To find out how you can take action on bills during the rest of session, see OK Policy’s Advocacy Alerts page, and to join efforts for a better Oklahoma state budget, visit Together Oklahoma.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 27: So You Want To Effect Change

by | March 28th, 2017 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (1)

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Today on the OK PolicyCast, we speak with Shay White, a social worker and advocate with Together Oklahoma and ACTION. She spoke to us about what motivated her to get involved with policy change, what keeps her going, and finding “that one thing that gets us up every morning.”

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OK PolicyCast Episode 26: The GOP Health Plan

by | March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Healthcare, Podcast | Comments (0)

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We speak with OK Policy health care analyst Carly Putnam about the new plan from the House GOP to replace the Affordable Care Act. We talk about how the bill does and doesn’t change the Affordable Care Act, what chance it has to pass, and how it could affect Oklahomans’ health care.

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OK PolicyCast 25: How the criminal justice system really works

by | February 28th, 2017 | Posted in Criminal Justice, Podcast | Comments (0)

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On this episode we speak with Jill Webb, an attorney with the Tulsa County Public Defender’s office. She gives us a tour of how the real criminal justice system is different from popular ideas about police and the courts, embodied by shows like Law and Order.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 24: All about the revenues

by | February 14th, 2017 | Posted in Budget, Podcast, Taxes | Comments (0)

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The OK PolicyCast is back!

Governor Fallin surprised many observer of Oklahoma politics by calling for dramatic revenue increases and major tax reforms in her State of the State address. In this podcast, we discuss the Governor’s ideas, what’s most likely to make it through the Legislature, and what other ideas Oklahoma Policy Institute has put forward to fix our state’s budget hole.

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Is this the blueprint for ending poverty? (OK PolicyCast)

by | December 7th, 2015 | Posted in Education, Podcast, Poverty & Opportunity | Comments (0)
Dr. David Grusky

Dr. David Grusky

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This October, Stanford University’s Dr. David Grusky visited Oklahoma for a talk at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Grusky’s books include Social Stratification, Occupy the Future, The New Gilded Age, The Great Recession, The Inequality Reader, and The Inequality Puzzle. His presentation at TU was titled, “A Blueprint for Ending Poverty… Permanently.” Dr. Grusky also spent some time with OK Policy’s staff discussing how the research on poverty and inequality is inspiring an ambitious new effort to end poverty in California.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 22: Predatory payday lending in Oklahoma

by | February 27th, 2015 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (0)
Photo by Thomas Hawk.

Photo by Thomas Hawk.

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This week we speak with Kate Richey of OK Policy and the Oklahoma Assets Network on her research into payday lending in Oklahoma and how it can trap families in a vicious cycle of debt.

On Wednesday, March 4 there will be a Town Hall Forum on predatory lending in Oklahoma at the OU Faculty House in Oklahoma City. A local panel of experts will discuss how payday lenders target military families, older Oklahomans, single parent households, and other vulnerable communities and demographics. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 21: An Economic Check-Up for Oklahoma

by | February 20th, 2015 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (0)

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economic_check-up_panelistsThis week we share a panel discussion from OK Policy’s 2015 State Budget Summit. In recent years Oklahoma has seen among the lowest unemployment and highest personal income growth in the nation. At the same time, there’s evidence that is rising tide is not lifting all boats. Oklahomans continue to struggle with relatively high levels of poverty, low educational attainment, and falling behind on many measures of quality of life.

In this informative and wide-ranging discussion, panelists Shelley Cadamy (Workforce Tulsa), Dr. Mickey Hepner (University of Central Oklahoma), Chuck Hoskin Jr. (Cherokee Nation), Rep. Dennis Casey (Oklahoma House of Representatives), and Dr. Dan Rickman (Oklahoma State University) share their insights about what’s really going on in Oklahoma’s economy.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 20: One more push for health insurance | Takeaways from the Governor’s budget

by | February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (2)

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This week we talk with Affordable Care Act Navigator Donna Orban on what’s being done to get Oklahomans signed up for health insurance during this year’s Affordable Care Act enrollment period. You can download a flier for upcoming sign-up events in Tulsa here. We also speak with OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt, who shares some takeaways from Governor Fallin’s new budget proposal.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 19: Who pays taxes in Oklahoma?

by | January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (0)

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Photo by Dave Herholz.

Photo by Dave Herholz.

The OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news affecting Oklahoma and what it means. This week we talk about about a new study on who really pays the highest rates of state and local taxes in Oklahoma, and why it’s not what many people think.

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