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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
July 25th, 2016
Broken piggy bank with cash and coins on wooden background

[See our companion issue agenda for a better state budget here.] [Download this fact sheet as a pdf.] Even in times when the overall economy grows, many Oklahomans are left out of economic opportunity. Oklahoma’s relatively low unemployment rate has not changed our state’s high poverty rate. Oklahoma’s growing economy is accompanied by record-high food insecurity. Families are living in an  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
September 15th, 2016
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New Census data shows Oklahoma made some progress in reducing the percentage of families living in poverty in 2015. In 2014, nearly one out of six Oklahomans (16.6 percent) were making less than the poverty line ($24,000 a year for a family of four) before taxes. In 2015, about 13,000 fewer Oklahomans were living below the poverty line, dropping our state’s poverty rate to  Continue Reading »

September 6th, 2016
Photo by Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Effie Craven serves as the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, where she advocates for programs and policies that promote access to nutritious foods and economic security for all Oklahomans. In the food banking world, we frequently measure need in terms of “food insecurity.” Food  Continue Reading »

September 1st, 2016
Photo by Mats Eriksson / CC BY 2.0

Deborah Phillips is Professor of Psychology and William Gormley is Professor of Government and Public Policy at Georgetown University. Their Tulsa-based research on early childhood education has appeared in the top scientific journals in their fields, in national media outlets, and was mentioned in President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address. In an era of high expectations of preschool  Continue Reading »