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The Weekly Wonk: Olivia Hooker’s legacy; early bill filings; economic optimism; and more…

by | December 9th, 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 his weekly Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt wrote about the need to honor Olivia Hooker’s legacy and continue to repair the enduring traumas and divisions caused by the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update looked at early bill fillings and what they could mean for the new legislature. 

OK Policy in the News

Blatt spoke with The Journal Record about a new economic report that is bringing optimism ahead of the legislative session. The Enid News & Eagle ran Policy Director Carly Putnam’s piece on Oklahoma’s opportunities to reduce the rate of uninsured children. 

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The Weekly Wonk: Results of criminal justice reform; stalled progress on child uninsured; immigration rules threaten families; and more…

by | December 2nd, 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.

Recently from OK Policy

This week, Open Justice Oklahoma released its first report which found that State Question 780 reversed 10 years of growth in felony filings. In an analysis of Census Bureau data, Policy Director Carly Putnam showed Oklahoma’s progress on child uninsured rate has stalled. Economic Opportunity Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison explained the importance of ensuring immigrant families are not punished for accepting help when they need it

In his weekly Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt pointed to bail reform as the next step in criminal justice reform for Oklahoma. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Updates gave a run-down of Governor-Elect Kevin Stitt’s transition team and examined Oklahoma’s attempts to provide support for kids with difficult physical or mental health and behavioral issues.

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The Weekly Wonk: Decrease in property crime; biggest issues facing state workers; key differences in this year’s election; and more

by | November 18th, 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 analyzed court data and found property crime decreased in Oklahoma after SQ 780 reduced minor property crimes to misdemeanors. In a new episode of the OKPolicyCast, Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry spoke with Sterling Zearley, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, about the biggest issues for state workers and what OPEA hopes to accomplish in next year’s legislative session. 

Executive Director David Blatt noted that while the general election gave the appearance of politics as usual in Oklahoma, there were several important differences this year. In his weekly Journal Record column, Blatt pointed to initiative petitions as a way to bring about progressive change in Oklahoma. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update gave us a forecast on four policy issues under Governor Stitt and a largely inexperienced legislature. 

OK Policy in the News

Policy Director Carly Putnam spoke with Politico about the success of Medicaid expansion in red states and what that means for Oklahoma. Likewise, Blatt spoke with Healthcare Dive about the possibility of putting Medicaid expansion on the ballot in 2020. Perry spoke with Fox News and CBS News about the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s offer of $10,000 to relocate to Tulsa. Our annual State Budget Summit announcement was included in the Tulsa World’s Political Notebook.

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The Weekly Wonk: Medicaid expansion helps rural families; #CountAllKids in 2020 Census; election takeaways; and more…

by | November 11th, 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, Policy Director Carly Putnam explained how rural families could greatly benefit from expanding Medicaid. Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry noted that more work must be done to ensure all Oklahoman children are counted in the 2020 census. In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt shared some takeaways from last Tuesday’s elections. Before the election, Steve Lewis previewed how education and health care frustration were pushing against political gravity in Oklahoma.

OK Policy in the News

The New Yorker spoke with Blatt about the spirit of the teacher walkout and its impact on election results in Oklahoma. Blatt also spoke with NewsOn6 regarding Oklahoma’s high voter turnout during Tuesday’s midterm elections, which was a huge increase from 2014 and 2010. Governing quoted Perry on the impact of State Question 801 on school administrators and boards if it had passed. KOSU cited OK Policy data in an article follow a former inmate’s journey to vote again.

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The Weekly Wonk: 2017 poverty profile; making justice reform retroactive; spring interships; and more…

by | November 4th, 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, we published the 2017 Oklahoma Poverty Profile showing that Oklahoma’s poverty rate has been higher than the national average for more than a decade. We also released another episode of the OKPolicyCast where we spoke about retroactivity and commutations with our criminal justice policy analyst Damion Shade and Colleen McCarty, a law student and intern with Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform’s commutation campaign. Applications for our paid, part-time spring internships launched this week, and students have until Friday, November 16th at 5:00 pm to submit their applications. 

Following a week of tragedy across the nation, Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry urged Oklahomans to stand against fear and make an informed vote. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update discussed three interim studies before the House Committee on Children, Youth and Families regarding changes in foster care, the rising cost of child care, and family reunification. Executive Director David Blatt’s weekly Journal Record column thanked public-spirited Oklahomans for their willingness to make a difference by running for office.

OK Policy in the News

The Sandusky Register and the Springfield News-Sun in Ohio cited OK Policy’s analysis of SQ 780 as Ohio voters decide whether to pass a similar criminal justice reform. NewsOK quoted Policy Director Carly Putnam about Congressional Republicans’ attempts to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Intercept spoke with Executive Director David Blatt about the potential of surprise victories for Democrats in Tuesdays elections. Mother Jones cited OK Policy’s research on Oklahoma’s gross production taxes in a story on confrontations between teachers and the oil and gas industry.

Bloomberg News spoke with David Blatt about SQ 800 to deposit a portion of Oklahoma’s oil and gas revenues in a permanent endowment fund. NonDoc cited OK Policy’s analysis in a story on SQ 800. The OU Daily shared OK Policy’s information on SQ 798 and SQ 794. Rep. Marcus McEntire used OK Policy’s research in a presentation on Oklahoma state questions covered by the Duncan Banner.

Insurance Commissioner candidate Kimberly Fobbs cited OK Policy’s research on Medicaid expansion in a Q&A with the Tahlequah Daily Press. KGOU spoke to Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison about what’s preventing Oklahomans from getting car insurance and why a new program to impose automatic fines with traffic cameras is unlikely to help.

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The Weekly Wonk: Class size matters; fixing online sales taxes; priorities for justice reform…

by | October 28th, 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 Education Policy Analyst Rebecca Fine described why investing in reducing class sizes should be the next step to undo the damage caused by years of education cuts. Executive Director David Blatt said Oklahoma should require all remote sellers to collect state taxes to prevent the loss of revenue and ensure an even playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers and their online competitors.

In his weekly Journal Record column, Blatt wrote about Oklahoma’s upside-down tax system and how restoring the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit would provide some balance to the tax system. Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update listed three priorities for criminal justice reform that would yield both immediate and long-term results.

OK Policy in the News

Outreach and Legislative Director Bailey Perkins sat down with Ben Felder and Dale Denwalt of NewsOK’s Political State to discuss the gubernatorial elections. Blatt spoke with Wayne Green of the Tulsa World for an editorial on how Oklahoma’s tax system got so regressive. In a story in The Ada News, a candidate for House District 25 cited OK Policy’s recent tax analysis during a debate. 

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The Weekly Wonk: Mental health policy hires; who pays taxes in Oklahoma; what influences voter turnout; SQ 793 pros and cons…

by | October 21st, 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, we launched the Oklahoma Mental Health Policy Fellowship with three new hires: Lauren Turner as a Mental Health Policy Analyst and Maggie den Harder and Brittany Hayes as Mental Health Policy Fellows. Strategy and Communications Director Gene Perry discussed a new analysis that shows low-income taxpayers in Oklahoma pay more than twice the tax rate paid by the richest Oklahomans. In a new episode of the OKPolicyCast, Perry spoke with the founder of the website BadVoter.org, David Glover, to find out what influences voter turnout.

Of the five state questions on the ballot in November, only SQ 793, which would allow optometrists and opticians to operate in retail establishments, is the subject of well-funded campaigns by both supporters and opponents. We asked both campaigns on SQ 793 to submit guest posts explaining their position. A post in support of the measure was written by the former President of the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature and Chair of the State Council on Aging, John Kusel. A post in opposition of SQ 793 was written by the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, Joel Robison.

Steve Lewis’s Capitol Update noted that one of the biggest issues at stake in this election is health care for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans. In his weekly column in the Journal Record, Executive Director David Blatt pointed out that there is bipartisan support for Medicaid expansion, especially in rural and small-town Oklahoma where access to health care is 0ne of the top challenges.

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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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