“Eliminating the grocery tax will be good for the clients we serve. But we are concerned that the revenue needs to be replaced with something.”

– Effie Craven,  state advocacy and public policy director at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, on Gov. Fallin’s proposal in her State of the State to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries. The measure would save Oklahoma families hundreds of dollars, but would cost the state $234.7 million per year (Source). Our statement on the Governor’s speech is available here


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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