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Applications open for Spring interns!

Note: The application period for Spring 2019 internships has closed. Visit our Jobs & Internship page for updates. OK Policy is now accepting student applicants for paid part-time internships during the spring of 2019! Interns have the opportunity to work as… Read more [More...]

New Census data shows that Oklahoma fell further behind the U.S. on poverty and uninsured rate for second consecutive year

Oklahoma lags behind the nation in our efforts to help families get ahead. New data from the Census Bureau shows that poverty in Oklahoma is still above the national average. In 2017, nearly 1 in 6 Oklahomans (15.8 percent) were living… Read more [More...]

In The Know: Education funding debate still contentious; Most doctors won’t sign medical marijuana recommendations; Guide to 2018 state questions

In The Know is your daily briefing on Oklahoma policy-related news. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Click here to subscribe to In The Know and see past editions. [Time is running… Read more [More...]

SNAP error rates went up last year, but it wasn’t due to fraud

For many years, anti-hunger advocates have pointed to the low error rates of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as evidence of its efficiency and effectiveness. And that is true – SNAP does have a very low rate of improper… Read more [More...]

Apply now to be an OK Policy paid intern this Fall

Note: The application period for Fall 2018 internships has closed. Visit our Jobs & Internship page for updates. OK Policy is now accepting applications for paid, part-time internships in our Tulsa office during the Fall 2018 semester! If you’re looking… Read more [More...]

Bipartisan Senate farm bill is a better way forward for families that struggle with food insecurity

Last month, we shared our concerns about the farm bill proposal being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill proposes deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) that could put 97,000… Read more [More...]

Denying immigrants access to the safety net would have terrible consequences for us all

Most Americans agree that it’s important to have a social safety net.  Bad luck and hard times can hit any of us, and when that happens there should be something there to keep us from falling into destitution while we… Read more [More...]

Progress is being made, but there’s still a long way to go in reforming occupational licensing in Oklahoma

We’ve been talking a lot about occupational licensing lately and that’s because it’s a big deal for economic opportunity. Requiring a state license to practice certain occupations began with good intentions –  to protect the public from the harm that… Read more [More...]

Statement: Congress must end attacks on SNAP to pass Farm Bill

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on the failure and possible reconsideration of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House: Renewal of the U.S. Farm Bill is essential for Oklahoma families and for our state’s agricultural economy. Unfortunately, passage… Read more [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Five things we already know about the 2018 elections

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]