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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was a major piece of legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in March 2021 intended to provide support for families, businesses, and governments to help address the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The… Read more [More...]

Supplemental Poverty Measure

The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) is an alternative measure of poverty, developed and reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, that is intended to provide a more thorough and accurate assessment of how much income a household needs to get by.… Read more [More...]

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the main measure of inflation in the United States and is used to assess price changes associated with the cost of living. The CPI, which is calculated and reported monthly by the U.S. Bureau… Read more [More...]

Health Savings Account

A health savings account, or HSA, is a type of savings account that lets enrollees set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified medical expenses, including deductibles, copayments, coinsurance and some other expenses. You may contribute to… Read more [More...]


The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, is federal legislation that would, if passed, provide a path to legal permanent residency and eventually citizenship for certain categories of currently undocumented immigrants who were… Read more [More...]

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

No Child Left Behind was a major piece of education legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in 2001 and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. The Act, which reauthorized and amended the Elementary and Secondary Education… Read more [More...]

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is the lowest wage per hour that may be paid by law to most employees in most jobs. The U.S. federal government first adopted a national minimum wage in 1938 as part of the Fair Labor Standards… Read more [More...]

Incentive Evaluation Commission

The Incentive Evaluation Commission was created by legislation passed in 2015 “to produce objective evaluations of the State of Oklahoma‚Äôs wide array of economic incentives.” The Commission is made up of five members appointed by the Governor, Speaker, and President… Read more [More...]

Absentee Voting

In Oklahoma, any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots may be cast either by mail or in-person at their county election board office or other approved locations in the days prior to the election (early voting). It… Read more [More...]

Emergency Rules

Emergency rules are exceptions to the regular permanent administrative rule-making process for state agencies, boards and commissions. As set out by Title 75, Section 253 of Oklahoma Statutes, emergency rules may be promulgated if an agency can establish that the… Read more [More...]