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In The Know: Virus cases soar after Trump rally, related events | Superintendent addresses school reopening | Racism impacts health outcomes

'Connect the dots': Tulsa County COVID-19 cases soaring weeks after Trump rally, related large-scale events; Hofmeister says Trump threats to penalize states if schools choose not to open 'aren't helpful'; Panel: Trauma, systemic racism cause lower health outcomes for Black community; Children – the best investment we can make. [More...]

Oklahomans pass SQ 802 | State should accommodate vote by mail (The Weekly Wonk)

Passing SQ 802 – next step to a stronger Oklahoma; Medicaid expansion can address Oklahoma’s mental health and criminal justice needs; Oklahomans show they can vote by mail, and the state should accommodate them. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Oklahomans decide SQ 802 on Tuesday | Information, resources and analysis

New analyses from OK Policy and Families USA quantify benefits of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma; SQ 802 will dramatically improve financial well-being in Oklahoma; SQ 802 is a win for criminal justice reform in Oklahoma; KIDS COUNT 2020: Oklahoma ranks 45th for child well-being. [More...]

Statement: Gov. Stitt press conference about June 25 Medicaid audit findings

Below is the Oklahoma Policy Institute’s statement regarding Gov. Stitt’s press conference today about the Medicaid audit he ordered nearly 16 months ago:  “The Oklahoma Health Care Authority provides quality care, delivered efficiently, to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans. The… Read more [More...]

New analyses from OK Policy and Families USA quantify benefits of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma

Organizations show impact of proposed initiative to cover more people and draw down more federal dollars Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma will create jobs, help the state budget and change lives, according to two new reports released by the Oklahoma Policy… Read more [More...]

KIDS COUNT 2020: Oklahoma ranks 45th for child well-being

Oklahoma children continue to lag behind most states when it comes to major health and well-being indicators, according to the 2020 edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Oklahoma ranks 45th overall… Read more [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Job training in prisons | Police reform | Black Wall Street’s legacy

During this economic crisis we want people to work. Let’s give them the tools to do it; Current events demonstrate need for task force reviewing community policing standards; Accurate census count vital to business, industry; Black Wall Street's legacy. [More...]

In The Know: Juneteenth Celebration, Trump rally expected to bring 100,000 to downtown Tulsa this weekend as virus cases climb

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. Some stories included here are behind paywall or require subscription. OK Policy encourages the support… Read more [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Budgets should reflect community values; building a new momentum

Policy Matters: Budgets should reflect community values; Capitol Update: Building a new momentum; SoonerCare 2.0 federal comment period now open. [More...]

OK Policy Board of Directors elects new board officers 

The Oklahoma Policy Institute elected new board officers during its June 12 board meeting.  Incoming board officers will be serving a two-year term for the following offices:  Chair: Dr. Joseph Siano of Norman, who serves as associate executive director of… Read more [More...]