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An open letter to Gov. Stitt: This is a public health emergency

Contact Gov. Stitt • 405-521-2342  • Email Dear Gov. Stitt:  Health officials statewide have been urgently raising the alarm that our communities need to take action to help protect Oklahomans’ health and safety from COVID-19, especially for our youngest children… Read more [More...]

Happy birthday to the minimum wage

The last time the national minimum wage was raised was in 2007, with the wage increase taking effect on July 24, 2009. A minimum wage is meant to ensure a minimum standard of living for each employee — particularly entry-level… Read more [More...]

Join the team as a Regional Organizer for Together Oklahoma

Under the leadership of the Legislative & Outreach Director, the Regional Organizer provides structured leadership in the development and implementation of community-based advocacy actions that further policy goals identified by OK Policy, and works closely with Together Oklahoma (TOK) chapters, the grassroots advocacy arm of Oklahoma Policy. [More...]

OK Policy expands policy, data work through new hires, realignment

The Oklahoma Policy Institute has hired four new staff members to expand its work in child well-being, health care and revenue, and data analysis, as well as elevated two staff members to take new organizational roles, including helping manage policy… Read more [More...]

Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program (SHOPP)

The Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program (SHOPP) fee is a fee paid by certain hospitals in Oklahoma. The funds are then pooled, matched with federal dollars, and redistributed first to critical access hospitals and then to other hospitals in the… Read more [More...]

Tulsa Race Massacre: After the national spotlight fades ….

The national spotlight will shine on our state in the coming days as we gather to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and its aftermath.  Soon, however, this attention will fade and many long-standing issues will remain for… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma’s answer to protest is the criminalization of protesters (Guest Post)

The Oklahoma Legislature was among the most vocal in choosing to pursue that strategy. The bills varied in levels of blatant unconstitutionality, but all 20+ different bills introduced at the Oklahoma Legislature this session shared the goal of chilling speech, criminalizing acts related to protests or accountability, and creating conditions that make people exercising their First Amendment rights less safe, especially when being critical of government actors. [More...]

Join the team as a Criminal Justice Policy Analyst

The Criminal Justice Policy Analyst researches and analyzes state policy issues related to criminal justice policy, processes and environment, particularly as it relates to fiscal issues and impacts on all Oklahomans, and collaborates with OK Policy team members and partners on criminal justice issues. [More...]

Housing & Infrastructure Senior Policy Analyst and Immigration Policy Analyst (Closed)

OK Policy is currently hiring for two positions on our policy team. The deadline to apply for both positions is May 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm (CST).  [More...]

SB 511 creates a legal path for harm reduction in Oklahoma (Guest Post)

Senate Bill 511, which was signed into law by Gov. Stitt, creates pathways to decrease preventable overdose deaths while supporting Oklahomans with substance use disorders. [More...]