“As we watch the sales tax continue to decline, and certainly, the price of oil, we had better plan for another budget failure this year. Those two indicators alone tell us this is exactly where we were last year.”

-Union Public Schools Superintendent Kirt Hartzler, explaining why his district will be cautious in spending its portion of the $40.2 million that will be returned to schools by mid-October (Source)


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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