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Housing & Infrastructure Senior Policy Analyst and Immigration Policy Analyst

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...]

Paid family and medical leave is good for families and businesses

Paid family and medical leave policies improve families’ financial outcomes while benefiting rather than harming small businesses. [More...]

Managed Care for Oklahoma’s Medicaid Program

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority — at the request of Gov. Stitt — has approved moving SoonerCare (Oklahoma’s Medicaid program) to a privatized managed care model. In early 2021, OHCA authorized $2 billion in managed care contracts to four companies. [More...]

Well-designed paid family and medical leave programs assist working families

While paid family and medical leave policies are standard in nearly every country, the U.S. is one of only eight countries in the world (and the only “developed” country) to not guarantee access to paid family and medical leave. However, nine states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation that provides paid family and medical leave to most employees. [More...]

Paid Family and Medical Leave is a crucial step towards modernizing our economy

Despite its benefits, access to paid family leave is not widespread, especially for lower-wage families. To improve Oklahomans’ health and increase the labor force, the Oklahoma Legislature should guarantee paid family leave benefits to our state’s workers. [More...]

Oklahoma’s children need funding to recover from the COVID-19 crisis

If we want Oklahoma’s children to recover quickly from the COVID-19 crisis and grow up to be healthy, thriving adults, then now is the time to increase our investment in the programs that provide the stability that our children need. [More...]

Changes to Oklahoma’s drug laws reduce criminal charges and prison sentences

Though much remains to be done, the Oklahoma Policy Institute has been tracking the effects of justice reform in courts, jails, and prisons as reforms have taken hold and found a steady move towards a less punitive approach to offenses like drug possession and burglary.   [More...]

OK Policy’s Response to 2021 State of the State Address

In pointing Oklahomans towards his vision of Oklahoma as a Top 10 state, Gov. Stitt during his State of the State address shared a quote he attributed to Will Rogers: “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” However,… Read more [More...]

CBPP Tribal Policy Fellow at OK Policy

The Oklahoma Policy Institute is seeking applicants for a Tribal Policy Fellow through our partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy and its State Policy Fellowship Program. [More...]