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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
November 16th, 2016

610,828 Oklahomans had incomes below the poverty level in 2015. That’s 16.1 percent of Oklahoma’s population, or about one out of every six Oklahomans. Read more…

Recent Articles & Reports
March 23rd, 2017

Unless lawmakers find new revenues to close their budget shortfall, Oklahoma is looking at unprecedented cuts to the most basic services of state government, including those for the most vulnerable seniors, children, and people with disabilities. Even before next year’s budget, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will run out of money in May to pay for in-home care of 25,000  Continue Reading »

March 22nd, 2017

There are honest arguments and discussions to be had about the place and role of government. However, we generally agree that the government has an important role in protecting the lives and health of Americans who aren’t able to protect themselves, including those who are elderly or have significant disabilities. However, in Oklahoma, years of budget cuts have now compromised our Department  Continue Reading »

March 16th, 2017

​Oklahoma legislators have big challenges this session to deal with another revenue failure and​ budget shortfall. Regular Oklahomans are struggling to support their families in a state where too many jobs still don’t pay a living wage.​​ In this context, you’d think our lawmakers would want to avoid squandering taxpayer money or demonizing families struggling to get by. Unfortunately, HB  Continue Reading »