The Weekly Wonk: OK Policy to host KIDS COUNT, problems with House Farm Bill, the radicals in criminal justice debate
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This Week from OK Policy
This week we announced that OK Policy will be the new host agency in Oklahoma for KIDS COUNT, a premier source of state and national data on children and families.
Economic Opportunity & Financial Security Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison explained the devastating effects of the U.S. House farm bill on working families, and concluded that the Senate’s bipartisan farm bill is a better way forward for families that struggle with food insecurity. Following the House’s approval of their farm bill, OK Policy issued a statement calling on the Senate to reject the deeply flawed House farm bill.
Criminal Justice Policy Analyst Ryan Gentzler noted that our incarceration rate has skewed our sense of normal, and went on to say that the real radicals in the reform debate are those who believe that what has worked to reduce crime and incarceration elsewhere would lead to chaos in Oklahoma. In his Capitol Update, Steve Lewis spoke about the narrowing support for SQ 788 and medical marijuana legalization initiative. In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt urged Oklahoma’s members of Congress to tell the administration that removing young children from their parents and denying protection to victims of domestic violence is offensive to our traditions, our values, and our laws.
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