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Opportunities this session to bend Oklahoma’s justice system toward justice (Capitol Update)

A defining issue for this legislature and Governor Stitt's leadership in his first session could be a remarkable advancement in criminal justice reform.

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The Weekly Wonk: 2019 Summer Policy Institute; restore the EITC for working families; protect payday customer; & more

This week, we launched applications for our annual Summer Policy Institute! The Institute is hosted and led by the staff of OK Policy and involves leading policy experts from government, academia, and community organizations throughout Oklahoma. The deadline to apply is May 27, 2019. In the midst of a severe budget crisis in 2016, the Oklahoma legislature slashed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working families.

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Rules to protect payday loan customers are under attack…again

In the fall of 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued new rules to protect payday loan customers from some of the most harmful practices in that industry. But now the same federal agency that issued the rule has announced plans to scrap important provisions of it, leaving many consumers unprotected. The good news is that this proposal to roll back the payday rule is still just a proposal. Before this proposal can be finalized, the agency must first allow for public comments, and you can easily submit one.

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