“Consider: There would be no need for State Question 779 – the proposed 1-percent sales tax hike for education – if the Legislature had done its job, making the tough decisions on taxes and tax breaks. Consider: There would be no need for State Questions 780 and 781 if the Legislature had acted on what nearly every member swears is a priority: criminal justice reform. Consider: There would be no need for State Question 776 if the Legislature had tackled the state’s problems with the death penalty, either abolishing it or settling on new, constitutionally acceptable procedures for carrying it out.”

– Arnold Hamilton, editor of the Oklahoma Observer, in his Journal Record column (Source)


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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