“Legislators do not just employ a single executive assistant, but more than 30,000 state workers who want them to accept responsibility and be good employers. Oklahoma state workers deserve lawmakers’ respect and support. They deserve a meaningful and significant pay increase in 2017.”

-Sean Wallace, policy director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, arguing for pay raises for state employees. Most state employees have gone a decade or more without one (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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