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Meet OK Policy: SE Oklahoma Field Organizer Kyle Lawson

I work through our grassroots organization Together Oklahoma to educate, engage and organize citizens in Southeast Oklahoma. Individuals in rural Oklahoma often feel like they don't have a voice. It's my job to teach them they do have a voice and how to use that voice to create change in their community and their state. [More...]

In The Know: Teachers learn Race Massacre history; layoffs at OU; justice reform task force seeks public input…

Oklahoma teachers learn about 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre history at OSU-Tulsa instructional workshop. Additional layoffs at OU impact 69 employee positions. Criminal justice reform task force seeks input from public. What happened when Oklahoma raised petroleum taxes modestly? The petroleum industry boomed. [More...]

New analysis of Oklahoma’s FY 2020 state budget

For a second year in a row, the budget approved by Oklahoma lawmakers increases funding significantly from the year before. However, for much of state government, there is still a long way to go before Oklahoma restores funding to where… Read more [More...]

OKPolicyCast 49: Black Wall Street Times (with Nehemiah Frank)

In this episode I spoke to Nehemiah Frank. Nehemiah is the founder and executive editor of The Black Wall Street Times, an online newspaper that covers news relevant to the black community in Tulsa and social justice issues affecting all Tulsans and Oklahomans. [More...]

OKPolicyCast 48: Quick takes on the budget (with David Blatt and Paul Shinn)

This episode of the OKPolicyCast was hosted and produced by Gene Perry. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OKPolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you… Read more [More...]

In The Know: Lawmakers get funding boost; Stitt undecided on agency directors; where kids aren’t vaccinated…

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. New from OK… Read more [More...]

OKPolicyCast 47: Homeless and a friend (with Tyler Parette)

This episode of the OKPolicyCast was hosted and produced by Gene Perry. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OKPolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you… Read more [More...]

In The Know: Justice reform in trouble; competing pension studies; solar energy gaps…

Stitt ‘circled the troops’ on criminal justice reform, but details murky. OKC senator to decline Gov. Stitt's education board picks over philosophical differences. Competing studies to look at Oklahoma state retirees' pensions. Statehouses, not the sun, drive solar energy gaps. [More...]

In The Know: Criminal justice reform alive; revamping court districts; Native American Day…

Oklahoma Lawmakers Keep Several Criminal Justice Reform Bills Alive on a Deadline Day. Stitt signs bill revamping state Supreme Court districts. New laws signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt plus those still awaiting his signature. Key medical marijuana legislation, oversight bill on fiscal transparency survive House deadline cuts. [More...]

In The Know: Rally for health coverage; consent education law signed; boosting online sales taxes…

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. New from OK… Read more [More...]