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We’re hiring! Apply to be an Operations & Development Associate or Summer Intern.

by | April 4th, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

OK Policy is seeking an experienced and effective Operations & Development Associate to provide support for our day-to-day operations, donor and grant management, and event coordination. This is a full-time position based in Tulsa. To learn more about the job duties and qualifications, compensation, and how to apply, see our job announcement here.

We’re also accepting student applicants for paid part-time or full-time internships during the summer of 2018! Interns have the opportunity to work as full members of the OK Policy team and participate in nearly all aspects of what we do. Intern tasks may include collecting data, conducting research, assisting with advocacy efforts, writing blog posts on state policy issues,  and helping to coordinate events including the 2018 Summer Policy Institute.

Interns will be based in our Tulsa office, with occasional opportunities to work from home or school. They will be expected to work between 15 and 40 hours per week, depending on their schedules and availability, and are paid $11 per hour.

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We’re now taking applications for the 2018 Summer Policy Institute

by | March 9th, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

“This is by far the best learning experience I have had in my entire life. I wish it wasn’t over so quickly. I really look forward to seeing the changes and fixing the structural budget deficit.”

Those are the words of a participant in OK Policy’s 2017 Summer Policy Institute, which brought together more than 50 highly-qualified college students for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience.

Another student said, “I’m leaving SPI, not only with an incredible amount of knowledge on Oklahoma policy, but with lifelong friends. SPI has revitalized my passion to work towards positive changes within our state, as well as the inspiration and hope from knowing there are so many other Oklahomans that are just as passionate about making positive changes.”

Now is your chance to experience it for yourself!

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Know your county better with CountySTATS 2018

by | March 6th, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

What are the biggest job sectors in Oklahoma’s 77 counties? What counties have fewer residents today than they did at statehood? How does your county compare for health, income, home values, and educational attainment?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in Oklahoma Policy Institute’s newly redesigned and updated CountySTATS fact sheets for 2018. These colorful, 2-page fact sheets display key statistics and charts about residents of each of the state’s 77 counties, covering demographics, education, health, and the economy. You can find the fact sheets and interactive charts for every county in Oklahoma here.

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OK Policy announces new staff and expanded leadership team

by | January 31st, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (2)

Sabine Brown

We’re excited to announce the addition of Sabine Brown and Jessica Vazquez to the Oklahoma Policy Institute staff.

Sabine joins as our new Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator and as our primary staff person coordinating the grassroots Together Oklahoma coalition. Sabine grew up in Germany in the family of a U.S. service member but has called Oklahoma home since 1998. Before joining OK Policy, she served as the Oklahoma Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Sabine earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Health Science from the University of Oklahoma and was a physician assistant prior to discovering advocacy work. She lives in Bixby with her husband, Eric, and their two children.

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Meet our new Board members!

by | January 2nd, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

Oklahoma Policy Institute is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Directors – Kara Berst of Ada, Dr. Jason Kirksey of Stillwater, and Erika Lucas of Oklahoma City.

Kara Berst

“Kara, Jason, and Erika are all successful young professionals who will add geographic, occupational, ethnic, and political diversity to OK Policy’s governing body and ensure that the organization continues to expand its scope and impact among key constituencies across Oklahoma,” said current Board chair Ann-Clore Duncan of Edmond. 

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Five reasons to donate today to OK Policy

by | December 27th, 2017 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

We know there are many worthy organizations and causes reaching out to you this time of year asking for support. Whether you are a first-time donor or long-time supporter, here are 5 reasons to make a tax-deductible donation to Oklahoma Policy Institute today.

1. Facts Matter: On the state policy issues that matter most – from the budget and taxes to health care, poverty, and criminal justice – you know you can always rely on OK Policy to put out reliable, research-driven data and analysis. Resources such as our Online Budget Guide, County Fact Sheets, and Legislative Primer, as well as our daily In The Know, are among the sources of information that you count on every day throughout the year to understand public affairs in Oklahoma. Your donation will help us continue to dig up and publicize the facts.

2. There are Two Sides to Every Debate: When one side controls the legislature and all statewide offices, competing perspectives can easily be overlooked or overwhelmed. Through our issue briefs, blog posts, op-ed columns, and presentations, OK Policy often is the most credible and compelling voice arguing the other side, whether it’s making the case for protecting our revenue base or opposing the expansion of predatory consumer loans. Your donation will ensure that two sides will continue to be heard.

3. 49th is Not OK:  Even though Oklahoma’s economy is improving, about one out of every six Oklahomans, and more than one in five children, continue to live below the federal poverty level. On a whole range of health and social indicators, Oklahoma ranks among the states with the worst outcomes. One of OK Policy’s core convictions is that we need purposeful strategies aimed at expanding opportunities for all Oklahomans. We put forward thoughtful, practical policy proposals that will lead to a more prosperous, healthier, better educated state.  Your support allows us to conduct the research and advocacy that will lead to better policy outcomes.

4. We’re Having an Impact: Not so long ago, OK Policy was a lonely voice sounding the alarm about the state’s structural budget deficit, the underfunding of state services, and the need for new permanent revenues. Today, thanks in part to OK Policy’s steady, effective work, these themes are expressed by  elected officials from both parties and broad swaths of the population. While the state’s onerous supermajority requirement prevented passage of a widely-supported bipartisan revenue package last month, we’ve had some real victories, including repeal of the next scheduled income tax that would have further hampered efforts to bring the budget back into balance. Please donate now to help us continue to make a difference.

5. There’s More Work To Do: The year ahead is going to be an especially crucial one for Oklahoma. We will have the chance to enact long-pursued solutions to address chronic budget shortfalls, make our state tax system fairer, and revisit State Question 640. At the same time, critical medical and food safety net programs serving hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans will be under unprecedented threats from federal and state lawmakers. We need your help to marshal the research and coordinate the advocacy that will ensure real progress is made in 2018.

We hope this is reason enough to convince you to make a one-time or recurring year-end donation to OK Policy  We greatly appreciate your support, and wish you all the best during the holiday season.

Join us for the 2018 State Budget Summit

by | December 12th, 2017 | Posted in Blog, Budget, OK Policy | Comments (0)

As Oklahoma’s 2018 legislative session approaches, the state continues to struggle with huge and chronic budget shortfalls and an inability to make the critical investments needed to ensure our prosperity and well-being. We are seeing real and encouraging signs of progress towards the adoption of smarter policies, but obstacles still stand in our way.

OK Policy’s 5th Annual State Budget Summit will bring together Oklahomans with an interest in state policy issues to gain a clearer sense of our challenges and how they can be resolved.  The event will be held January 25th, 2018 at the Downtown/Medical Center Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City. Our special early-bird registration price of just $75 is available through January 12th. The cost as of January 13th is $90

Click here for the full program or, to purchase tickets, click here

The event will include an overview budget presentation by our Executive Director David Blatt, panel discussions involving leading experts on the state budget and criminal justice, and an exciting keynote speaker, Vanessa Williamson, whose talk is titled, “Why Americans Are Proud To Pay Taxes.”

A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available. Click here to apply for a scholarship by January 5th.  Legislators and other elected officials may attend the State Budget Summit free of charge by contacting the OK Policy office (918-794-3944; for a special promo code.

Our keynote speaker, Vanessa Williamson, is a Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings. She studies the politics of redistribution, with a focus on attitudes about taxation. She is the author of the new book Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes.

Williamson is also the author, with Harvard professor Theda Skocpol, of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, which was named one of the ten best political books of the year in the New Yorker. She has testified before Congress and written for a variety of outlets including, The Atlantic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and her hometown newspaper, the Sacramento Bee. Williamson previously served as the Policy Director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She received her Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University. She has a master’s degree from NYU’s Institute of French Studies, and received her B.A. in French language and literature from NYU.

The State Budget Summit offers you a unique opportunity to be better informed on the critical issues facing Oklahoma as we head into the 2018 session. Click here to register now. We look forward to seeing you on January 25th!

We’re Hiring! Applications now open for Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator & Communications Associate positions

by | November 15th, 2017 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

OK Policy is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for two full-time positions as an advocacy and outreach coordinator and as a communications associate. We will be accepting applications for both positions until Monday, December 4th and are looking to have the positions filled by late January.

The new advocacy and outreach coordinator will fill the position being vacated by Kara Joy McKee, who is leaving our staff in December. We are seeking an experienced and effective individual to lead our grassroots efforts to bring Oklahomans together in support of a policy agenda that ensures adequate and fair funding of public services and expanded opportunity and economic security for all. The work will involve building and supporting grassroots coalitions in one or more issue areas, as well as conducting public education and mobilization. The main qualification is for someone with fantastic people skills, excellent organizational and project management skills, and demonstrated experience working in, and preferably leading, advocacy campaigns and building and sustaining diverse and effective coalitions.  Click here for the job description, including a list of job duties and responsibilities, qualifications, salary range, and instructions on how to apply.

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We want you to be a spring intern!

by | November 13th, 2017 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

OK Policy is now accepting student applicants for paid part-time internships during the spring of 2018! Interns have the opportunity to work as full members of the OK Policy team and participate in most activities of the organization.

Research positions are available in our Tulsa office, while a legislative advocacy position is available in our Oklahoma City office. Interns will be expected to work between 10 and 20 hours per week depending on their schedules and availability and are paid $10.50 per hour. 

Eligible students should have completed at least four semesters of college coursework or be pursuing a graduate degree. We are happy to cooperate with an institution’s requirements for academic credit.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, a resume or CV, and a writing sample to no later than Sunday, November 26. Please include “Spring internship” in the subject line and clearly indicate in application materials whether you are interested in a research internship in the Tulsa office or a legislative advocacy internship in Oklahoma City. 

All applicants will be contacted regarding interviews by December 4.

Join our team as a fall intern

by | August 2nd, 2017 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

OK Policy staff

OK Policy is now accepting student applicants for paid part-time internships during the fall of 2017! Interns will be expected to work between 10 and 20 hours per week, depending on their schedules and availability. The position will be based in our Tulsa office.

Interns have the opportunity to work as full members of the OK Policy team and participate in most activities of the organization. Depending on organization needs and interests, interns will generally focus on either research or advocacy. Interns develop policy expertise and may write blog posts on state policy issues such as poverty, health care, criminal justice, and other subjects.

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