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The Weekly Wonk: Our take on budget deal; new video on coverage expansion; & more…

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. [More...]

In The Know: Controversial Medicaid rule change returns; interim OU president named; budget bills advance…

Oklahoma Health Care Authority resuscitates controversial rule to check Medicaid eligibility by mail. Dean Joseph Harroz Jr., former OU general counsel, named interim president. Budget bills advance in Oklahoma Legislature. Bill to make SQ780 reforms retroactive back on track. [More...]

In The Know: State budget agreement; closer to bringing back executions; finalizing jail trust…

Budget deal: The full list of new #okleg appropriations. Budget deal includes teacher pay raise. DOC ‘getting closer’ to acquiring device necessary to carry out executions, director says. Oklahoma County a step closer to finalizing jail trust. [More...]

In The Know: More legislators become lobbyists; controversial ed board appointees advance; feud over state employee raises…

More legislators become lobbyists. Despite opposition, ed board appointees advance. Oklahoma lawmakers feud over state employee raises. Legislature approves change in online sales tax collections. [More...]

In The Know: Dueling budget pressers; revenue growth and warning signs; liquor distribution bill signed…

Dueling budget pressers show 'rough waters before the agreement'. After spat, Senate advances Mike Mazzei nomination. Oklahoma revenue continues growth, but warning signs ahead. Governor signs bill changing liquor distribution rules. [More...]

In The Know: Gallogly retiring; budget deal prospects; hospital fights for its life…

As legislative session winds down, Oklahoma lawmakers scramble to make budget deal. Stitt working on a health care plan, looking at agency reform, consolidation and use of federal funds. School choice at the heart of state ed board debate. Stitt's picks for State Board of Education to be considered Tuesday. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: The path to equal pay; an innovative approach to homelessness; new budget analyst; & more…

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. [More...]

In The Know: Budget deal by next week; state worker raise; Medicaid petition challenged…

Stitt expects to announce a budget early next week. OPEA asking for $2500 pay raise. Oklahoma conservative group challenges Medicaid expansion petition. Downing nomination for U.S. attorney goes to full Senate. [More...]

In The Know: Budget showdown; OKC jail trust vote in limbo; incarceration of parents impacting schools…

Mazzei confirmation hearing turns into budget showdown. With ‘unanswered’ questions, Oklahoma County jail trust vote in limbo. Could Oklahoma incarceration rates be affecting students in school? Expanded Oklahoma affordable housing tax credit to kick in Nov. 1. [More...]

In The Know: Divided over education budget; licensing reform passes; teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre…

Lawmakers remain divided over education budget. Oklahoma educators may soon teach about 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Oklahoma just passed a major licensing reform for individuals with criminal records. Special counsel to investigate allegations against state House member. [More...]