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The Weekly Wonk: Retroactive justice reform is a moral necessity; 2018, Year of the Woman?

by | October 14th, 2018 | Posted in Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week, Criminal Justice Policy Analyst Damion Shade explained why making recent justice reform retroactive is not only smart policy but also a moral necessity. Executive Director David Blatt analyzed the surge of women candidates in Oklahoma and asked whether 2018 will be the Year of the Woman.

Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update cautioned against concluding that that state’s recent revenue growth will be a windfall. In his weekly Journal Record column, David Blatt wrote about the untapped potential of young voters and the change they could bring to Oklahoma. 

OK Policy in the News

Blatt spoke with The Journal Record about the corporate income tax in Oklahoma. Blatt also spoke with CHNI about the election gender gap.  

Legislative Director Bailey Perkins joined KOSU for their weekly podcast, This Week in Oklahoma Politics. The Miami News-Record cited OK Policy’s State Question facts sheets in a story about the November elections.

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The Weekly Wonk: All of the State Questions; after oil and gas; TogetherOK voter forums…

by | October 7th, 2018 | Posted in Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

In this week’s episode of the OKPolicyCast, we spoke with Executive Director David Blatt and Policy Director Carly Putnam about the five state questions on the ballot. In his weekly Journal Record column, Blatt explained State Question 800 in more detail.

OK Policy in the News

Blatt spoke with the Florida Phoenix about the impact of State Question 640 on the Oklahoma legislature. 

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The Weekly Wonk: New KIDS COUNT report; State Question 800; pay your interns…

by | September 30th, 2018 | Posted in Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week, Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry analyzed data from the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, Opening Doors for Young Parents, and found that Oklahoma is missing opportunities to give young adult parents and their kids a boost. Executive Director David Blatt delved into State Question 800, where voters will decide whether to set aside a portion of future oil and gas revenues for a new reserve fund

In his weekly Journal Record column, Blatt stressed the importance of paying interns and the dangers of expecting students to work for free. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update shed light on findings from a recent interim study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Upcoming Opportunities

Today is the last day to submit a public comment on the Medicaid plan: This is your last chance to submit a public comment and encourage your friends to do so as well. At the direction of Governor Fallin and the state legislature, the state Medicaid agency has put together a plan to cut vital health coverage for low-income parents who don’t report working or volunteering enough hours. The deadline to submit a public comment on OHCA’s Medicaid proposal is today, September 30th. You can use this question survey or this quick form to send your public comment. You can watch and share public comments submitted by SoonerCare patients here and here.

Oklahoma Watch-Out Candidate Forum in Lawton: TogetherOK and Oklahoma Watch are teaming up for a legislative candidate forum in Lawton on Tuesday, October 9. The forum will be free and open to the public and will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McMahon Centennial Complex. Oklahoma Watch Executive Editor David Fritze will moderate the discussion, and audience questions will be allowed. For more information, visit the Facebook event page

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The Weekly Wonk: OKPolicyCast with Sabine Brown; thoughts on new Census data; shift in the election

by | September 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

In this week’s episode of the OKPolicyCast, we spoke with our Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator, Sabine Brown, who heads up Together Oklahoma, a grassroots coalition of advocates for better public policy. 

In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt reflected on new Census data which had mostly discouraging news for Oklahoma families, and especially children. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update referenced the same data and pointed to a shift in this election toward candidates who want to work for solutions to these problems.

OK Policy in the News

Blatt spoke with the Tulsa World about new Census data that ranks Oklahoma second in the nation for percentage of population without health insurance. The Tulsa World cited OK Policy data on eviction rates in Tulsa. NonDoc included the OKPolicyCast in its list of Oklahoma podcasts. 

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The Weekly Wonk: Falling behind on poverty & uninsured rate—again; raising the minimum wage; we’re all in it together…

by | September 16th, 2018 | Posted in Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week, Economic Opportunity and Financial Security Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison published an analysis of new Census data which shows that Oklahoma fell further behind the U.S. on poverty and uninsured rate for the second consecutive year. Fall Intern Deon Osborne pointed to the citizen petition as Oklahoma’s best chance at raising the minimum wage

In his weekly Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt wrote about Chobani’s enlightened view of corporate responsibility which recognizes that we’re all in it together. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update described the cost of maintaining the world’s highest incarceration rate

OK Policy in the News

Policy Director Carly Putnam spoke with The Journal Record about the need to find affordable solutions to health insurance in Oklahoma. Our fact sheet on State Question 798 was cited by CHNI

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The Weekly Wonk: State Question fact sheets; flawed justice savings; a resurgence of democracy; & more…

by | September 9th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week we released fact sheets on the five 2018 State Questions, complete with background information and supporting and opposing arguments. We also updated our OKVotes page with new resources and useful links.

On the OK Policy Blog, Ryan Gentzler pointed out that the official SQ 780 savings calculation rests on flawed assumptions. Phillip Rocco explained in a guest post why Medicaid work requirements are a dangerous experiment that will put the health of thousands of Oklahomans at risk. In his weekly Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt noted that Oklahoma is seeing a resurgence of democracy and a political system that is working the way it should.

OK Policy in the News

The City-Sentinel wrote about our 10th Anniversary Gala honoring Sandy Garrett and Kris Steele with the Good Sense/Good Cents Award. The Stillwater News-Press wrote about TogetherOK’s upcoming Tax Code Listening Sessions in Stillwater, co-hosted with The Oklahoma Academy. NewsOK shared the announcement of OK Policy’s new hires to expand our work on education, criminal justice, and operations and development. 

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The Weekly Wonk: Future of medical marijuana; been down so long; budget committee chairs appointed

by | September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Blog, Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week, Criminal Justice Policy Analyst Damion Shade examined the future of medical marijuana in Oklahoma and noted that legislators will have many issues to settle next year. 

In his weekly Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt cautioned that although the legislature took steps forwards, we’ve yet to restore our public resources to levels needed to ensure that all Oklahomans can thrive. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update gave us a breakdown of the Senators appointed as budget committee chairs by Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat.

OK Policy in the News

Blatt spoke with The Intercept about a new trend emerging among Republican primary voters. He also spoke with KTUL about trends in Oklahoma’s governor race. 

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The Weekly Wonk: State budget still recovering; 10 years for misdemeanor; back to school with Rob Miller…

by | August 26th, 2018 | Posted in Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week, Executive Director David Blatt examined Oklahoma’s budget and concluded that although the state’s fiscal situation has improved greatly, there is still a long ways to go to recover from a decade of deep budget cuts. In his weekly Journal Record Column, Blatt wrote about the importance of commuting sentences for individuals who are serving long prison sentences — in some cases 20 or 30 years — for crimes that are now charged as misdemeanors. 

In episode 36 of the OKPolicyCast, Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry spoke with Superintendent of Bixby Public Schools and vocal advocate in the movement for better education funding, Rob Miller, about going back to school after the walkout in April. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update assessed why campaigns choose to go negative, especially in the final days before an election. 

OK Policy in the News

Perry was quoted in a piece by Governing on states where voters will cast votes on ballot measures regarding school funding this November.  

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The Weekly Wonk: Reconsider the runoff; second-class citizens; encouraging signs for #okleg

by | August 19th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, Weekly Wonk | Comments (0)

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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week Summer Intern Max West urged us to reconsider the runoff and pointed to possible solutions for improving our election system. Executive Director David Blatt’s weekly Journal Record column featured Still She Rises legal defense advocate D’Marria Monday and explored how people in Oklahoma with felony convictions are disenfranchised even after being released from prison. In his Capitol Update, Steve Lewis gave us hope with some encouraging signs from this year’s legislative candidates

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The Weekly Wonk: Who’s affected by Medicaid restrictions; a frank conversation on criminal justice…

by | August 12th, 2018 | Posted in Weekly Wonk | Comments (1)

the_weekly_wonk_logoWhat’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. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

This Week from OK Policy

This week at OK Policy, we released a report with the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families which found that Oklahoma’s proposed work rule would harm mothers and children, especially in small town and rural Oklahoma. In a guest post, regional director of government affairs for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Dana Bacon expressed his concerns with the Medicaid reporting requirement and warned that the state hasn’t said how many people would become uninsured

Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison explained the SNAP error rate and why the increase in payment error should not be used as an excuse to cut or dismantle the program. For episode 35 of the OKPolicyCast, we featured one of the most popular panels at the Summer Policy Institute: a frank conversation on criminal justice between D’Marria Monday, Jill Webb, Erik Grayless, and Kris Steele. 

In his weekly Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt pointed out that despite all the positive headlines, the economic boom is not making it to workers’ paychecks. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update discussed State Question 801, which would give schools more flexibility, but no new funding sources.

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