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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
July 25th, 2016
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[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
October 11th, 2016
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Hundreds of thousands of Oklahoma families are able to put enough food on the table because of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). But research increasingly shows that it accomplishes much more than that. Growing up in poverty is shown to have serious, long-term effects on children — especially during the earliest years of a child’s life. Unfortunately, already-high poverty  Continue Reading »

October 3rd, 2016
Photo by Jeff Turner / CC BY 2.0

Last week a press release from Governor Fallin advertised that she was participating in the “Bring Small Businesses Back Bus Tour” when it came to Oklahoma City. This tour is sponsored by the “Job Creators Network”, an association of corporate leaders started by the former presidential candidate Herman Cain and one of the founders of Home Depot. Governor Fallin’s press release especially focused on promoting H.R. 5374, a proposal  Continue Reading »

September 15th, 2016

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 »