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This Week from OK Policy
The legislature returned to the Capitol on Monday and it’s been a busy week at OK Policy! If you’re looking to follow along this session, we released our 2018 Legislative Primer this week to help with that. We also issued statements on Governor Fallin’s State of the State address and the changes to the Step Up Coalition Plan that were announced this week. The plan now includes a restoration of the EITC – Strategy & Communications Director Gene Perry explained why that’s a good thing.
Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update pointed out that the legislature’s first task will be cleaning up last year’s budget mess. Executive Director David Blatt’s Journal Record column reminded us that budget cuts made in previous years had real consequences – especially for public education.
Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison told us about Oklahoma’s rank in a new economic well-being scorecard released this week – we’re 40th and that’s not good. A guest post by RoseAnn Duplan, Wanda Felty, and Erin Taylor (advocates for parents of children with developmental disabilities) argued against proposed changes to the leadership structure of state health agencies.
OK Policy in the News
Blatt sat down to chat with Public Radio Tulsa about the new legislative session, and spoke with the Tulsa World about changes to the income tax code proposed by the Step Up plan. Outreach & Legislative Director Bailey Perkins talked with The Oklahoman about the budget challenges that are still on the table as the legislature returns for regular session.
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