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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
October 19th, 2015
1 in 6

Did you know that 1 in 6 Oklahomans lived in poverty last year (annual income below $23,850 for a family of four)? Based on recently-released Census Bureau data, OK Policy’s 2014 Poverty Profile breaks down what poverty looks like in our state… Read more

Recent Articles & Reports
May 25th, 2016
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Overwhelmingly, the states where residents earn the highest wages also have the best-educated workforce. Both productivity and median wages in a state are strongly correlated with the percentage of residents with a college degree. At the same time, overall state tax levels show no significant correlation with median wages. Plenty of states — including Oklahoma — have relatively low state  Continue Reading »

May 17th, 2016
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The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act allows high-poverty schools to provide breakfast and lunch to all students. Access to free, healthy meals helps low-income children and families by improving child nutrition and behavior, relieving administrative burdens, and taking some strain off tight family budgets. Unfortunately, a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to dramatically limit CEP’s scope, with  Continue Reading »

May 12th, 2016
Pregnant woman working in clothes store

Yesterday, a letter signed by more than 150 Oklahoma clergy was delivered to lawmakers and Governor Fallin, urging them not to slash key tax credits for working families to fix the state’s revenue problems. They were joined by numerous non-profit and foundation leaders who spoke out against cuts to the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child/Child Care Tax Credit, and Sales Tax Relief Credit. Later  Continue Reading »