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Lawmakers must use special session to fix the budget, not pass the buck

Written on October 2, 2017 at 9:22 am, by

The Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a $1.50 per-package smoking cessation fee passed by lawmakers in May has created a genuine state emergency. If the Legislature does not find new revenues in special session to replace those rejected by… Read more

FY 2018 Budget Highlights

Written on June 8, 2017 at 11:09 am, by

OK Policy’s annual Budget Highlights issue brief is one of the most informative and accessible ways to track Oklahoma’s public spending. Read more...

Lessons of Our History: Oklahoma’s past accomplishments teach us how to build a better budget and a better future

Written on April 25, 2017 at 9:46 am, by

Oklahoma’s past contains big successes arising from public investments. In our relatively short history as a state, we've put an end to dust bowls, brought health care to our children, and made big improvements to public schools — and we have solutions to reinvigorate these common goals today. Read more...

The Cost Trap: How Excessive Fees Lock Oklahomans Into the Criminal Justice System without Boosting State Revenue: Executive Summary

Written on January 31, 2017 at 10:46 am, by

Tens of thousands of Oklahomans enter the justice system each year and come out with thousands of dollars in legal financial obligations. For poor Oklahomans, this debt can amount to most of their family’s income, and it often leads to a cycle of incarceration and poverty. Read more...

Be prepared for the 2017 session with the new Legislative Primer

Written on January 26, 2017 at 9:30 am, by

Whether you are a veteran advocate, a complete novice to Oklahoma politics, or anyone in between, the 2017 Legislative Primer will provide you invaluable information in a concise, user-friendly format. Read more...

Increasing Access to Long-acting Reversible Contraception Brings Lasting Gains for Oklahoma Women and Girls

Written on January 25, 2017 at 10:45 am, by

Choosing when and whether to have children is an important decision for Oklahoma families. When families are given more power to plan pregnancies and births, they are shown to attain more education, earn higher incomes, and develop stronger marriages. Read more...

An Oklahoma Agenda for Broad-Based Prosperity

Written on July 25, 2016 at 8:52 am, by

This menu of policies for state lawmakers would help put Oklahoma's finances on a more sustainable path and restore America’s basic bargain for Oklahoma families — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead... Read more

FY 2017 Budget Highlights

Written on June 7, 2016 at 9:01 am, by

Download the budget highlights as a pdf. OK Policy’s annual Budget Highlights issue brief is one of the most informative and accessible ways to track Oklahoma’s public spending. Today we’ve released the FY 2017 Budget Highlights, which includes a bullet… Read more

#DoSomethingOK Campaign for a Better Budget

Written on April 27, 2016 at 11:07 am, by

Oklahoma’s massive budget shortfall means that lawmakers face a stark choice. They can choose devastating cuts to public schools, health care, and other essential services. Or they can shore up the state’s finances and invest in a stronger economy and brighter future for Oklahoma. Here’s what you can do to get Oklahoma lawmakers to make the right choice... Read more at Together Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Revenue Options for the Budget Emergency

Written on April 11, 2016 at 8:41 am, by

Without new revenue to close the shortfall, state agencies and school districts face massive budget cuts that will be disastrous for Oklahoma families, businesses, and communities. Here are 16 revenue options worth considering as part of a fair and sustainable budget... Read more