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Weekly Wonk: Proposed revenue cuts are costly, poorly timed | Asking better questions | School funding

We have better options than a costly and poorly targeted income tax cut; Policy Matters: Asking better questions; How HB 1888 came back from the dead this session (Capitol Update); School funding issues. [More...]

In The Know: Senate has ‘no appetite’ for corporate tax cuts | Getting vaccines to hesitant, hard-to-reach Oklahomans | More

Oklahoma Senate has 'no appetite' for corporate tax cuts, Sen. Greg Treat says; Empty appointments at mass vaccination sites mark a new priority: Hesitant and hard-to-reach Oklahomans; House committee revives legislation banning transgender athletes; Bill targeting teachers' association dues advances in Oklahoma House of Representatives [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Paid family and medical leave assists working families | Legislative maneuvering is bad governance | Charter school funding

Well-designed paid family and medical leave programs assist working families; Policy Matters: Legislative maneuvering is just plain bad governance; Don’t shift more tax money to charters at the cost of traditional public schools; Policy notes and numbers. [More...]

In The Know: McGirt decision expanded to Choctaw, Seminole reservations | Looking at school funding impacts | Maintaining virus vigilance

Choctaw, Seminole reservations recognized by Oklahoma appeals court; A closer look at Oklahoma’s move to alter education funding and make student transfers easier; COVID-19 metrics much better in Oklahoma, but rises in other states signal warning to maintain vigilance; Well-designed paid family and medical leave programs assist working families. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: The need to revisit SQ 640 | Foot dragging over Medicaid expansion | A SoonerCare success story | More

SQ 640 continues limiting lawmakers, needs to be revisited; Happy Birthday ACA! And what federal COVID relief means for your health care; A SoonerCare success story; Policy Matters: Foot dragging over Medicaid expansion; Countdown to Care [More...]

In The Know: Medicaid support from federal relief bills | Vaccination to be open to all 16 and over | Epic repayment deadline passes

Oklahoma getting ‘a significant amount’ more in Medicaid money from federal relief bills; Oklahomans 16 and over will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday; Chickasaw Nation’s COVID-19 response helped lower infection rates, tribal expert tells Congress; State Board of Education’s deadline for $11.2 million repayment by Epic Charter Schools passes with no payment. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Tax cuts would hurt local business, cut public services | Fixing court fines and fees | Countdown to Medicaid Expansion

Want to reduce Oklahoma’s public services, hurt local business, and shrink our economy? Eliminate the corporate income tax; Policy Matters: State revenue cuts are not pro-business; Fixing Oklahoma’s court fines and fees problem (Capitol Update); Countdown to Medicaid Expansion [More...]

OK Policy Statement: Half-billion dollars in corporate and individual tax cuts is irresponsible, shortsighted and dangerous

It’s been just three years since Oklahoma lawmakers passed a historic $531 million in additional state revenue to support education. On Thursday, the Oklahoma House approved a sweeping set of corporate and individual tax cuts that undoes that historic achievement… Read more [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Support Oklahoma families and keep them healthier | Texas tax envy | More

Improve our social insurance programs to encourage work and support working families; Legislators must protect Oklahomans’ health care; Policy Matters: Everything is bigger in Texas, including tax burdens; Oklahoma’s children need funding to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. [More...]

In The Know: Legislators can protect health care in Oklahoma | Everything is bigger in Texas, including tax burdens | More

Legislators must protect Oklahomans’ health care; Everything is bigger in Texas, including tax burdens; A bill to roll back aspects of Oklahoma criminal justice reform advances; Oklahoma virus deaths increased to conform with CDC count. [More...]