The Weekly Wonk: Oklahoma ranks poorly on looking out for kids, how to avoid past mistakes on Medicaid
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This Week from OK Policy
OK Policy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book this week, and we learned Oklahoma ranks near the worst in the nation for child well-being. In an op-ed for The Oklahoman, Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry pointed out that Oklahoma is simply not doing what it takes to give all kids what they need to thrive.
Policy Director Carly Putnam warned us that although federal Medicaid funding is climbing, Oklahoma should avoid repeating past mistakes of cutting state support for health care. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update argued that the connection between refusal to expand Medicaid and high incarceration is significant. Executive Director David Blatt’s Journal Record column called on U.S. Sens. James Inhofe and James Lankford to protect SNAP for struggling Oklahoma families and vote in favor of the bipartisan Senate farm bill (unfortunately, both senators voted against the measure).
Did you miss our evening with Danielle Allen? The entire conversation between Danielle Allen and Tulsa civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons is now available on our podcast.
OK Policy in the News
Blatt sat down with The New Yorker to talk about the primaries and the lasting impact of the walkout in Oklahoma. Following Tuesday’s primary, Blatt spoke with New on 6 about the driving forces behind the primary turnout surpassing the 2014 general election turnout. An interview with Blatt on the significant increase in early voting appeared in The Ada News, Claremore Daily Progress, Joplin Globe, Enid News & Eagle, & Stillwater News-Press.
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