“You don’t get something for nothing. We need to make the case that if we want a prosperous economy, if we want an educated population, we’re going to have to invest in it.”

– University of Oklahoma Board of Regents member Kirk Humphreys, discussing the Regents’ $1.086 billion budget request for fiscal year 2016. The figure is nearly 10 percent higher than their current budget. (Source: bit.ly/1xF18M3)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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