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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
February 10th, 2016

Elizabeth Armstrong was a Fall 2015 OK Policy intern. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Geography at Oklahoma State University where she also works as a Graduate Research Assistant. In ways far more important than many Oklahomans realize, the way we live today in Oklahoma depends greatly on the choices of past generations about how to construct our transportation and  Continue Reading »

February 8th, 2016
Pregnant woman working in clothes store near to computer

In 2005, Tashara Persky was working as the lead store clerk at an Oklahoma Dollar General Store. When she informed her supervisor that she was pregnant and that her doctor had told her not to lift more than 15 pounds, she was forced onto medical leave and then fired. She sued in federal court, but a judge with Oklahoma’s Western  Continue Reading »

February 4th, 2016
Photo by Lori Semprevio / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Over 1,700 bills and resolutions have been introduced for the 2016 legislative session, along with an equal number of measures from last session that remain alive and could still be considered this year. Despite the  plethora of legislation, there is little doubt that this session will be dominated by debates over how to address the state’s massive budget shortfall, which  Continue Reading »