Statement: Budget deal brings welcome progress but many missed opportunities

Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt released the following statement on the budget deal announced today by state lawmakers: As a result of last year’s revenue increases and a continuing strong economy, lawmakers had a historic opportunity to reverse… Read more [More...]

OK Policy adds leading budget expert to policy team

Oklahoma Policy Institute today announced that Paul Shinn, a budget expert whose work has included extensive leadership roles in Oklahoma state and local government budget offices, will be joining the organization as a Senior Policy Analyst. "I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Paul Shinn as a full-time member of our staff," said David Blatt, OK Policy's Executive Director. "Nobody in the state has greater first-hand knowledge of budget issues than Paul, and he is also widely respected for his integrity, professionalism, and work ethic." [More...]

Release: OK Policy launches search for new Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TULSA, OK (April 2, 2019): Oklahoma Policy Institute today launched a search for a new Executive Director to replace David Blatt, who announced last week that he intends to step down from his position once a new… Read more [More...]

Release: OK Policy announces that Executive Director David Blatt will be leaving later this year

Oklahoma Policy Institute announced today that David Blatt, its longtime Executive Director, will leave the organization later this year. Blatt intends to remain with the Tulsa-based think-tank through the transition process to a new Executive Director. “We are extremely grateful to David for the great success he has had in building OK Policy into an organization that is widely recognized and respected for its quality, credibility, independence, and integrity,” said Don Millican, who serves as OK Policy’s Board Chair. [More...]

Joint Statement: Installment loan bill needs improvement to protect Oklahomans from financial harm

For Immediate Release Oklahoma Policy Institute along with a coalition of Oklahoma organizations and individuals released this joint statement on a bill that would allow a new high-cost lending product in Oklahoma: Last month, the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill,… Read more [More...]

Fact Check: Property crime decreased in Oklahoma after SQ 780

In the months after State Question 780 went into effect, Oklahomans reported fewer theft crimes to law enforcement agencies across the state. The early results of Oklahoma’s landmark justice reform add to the evidence that it is possible to reduce both crime and punishment at the same time. [More...]

Statement: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reversal of rules protecting consumers from payday debt trap will harm Oklahomans

Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to reverse their own rule, issued in 2017, protecting consumers from the harms of predatory lending, despite the lack of new evidence that the rule needs to be reconsidered. Oklahoma Policy Institute opposes this proposed repeal and strongly urges the CFPB to allow the 2017 rule to take effect as scheduled later this year. Oklahomans are depending on these promised protections. [More...]

OK Policy now taking applications for 2019-2021 Mental Health Policy Fellowship

TULSA, OK (February 8, 2019) –Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy) is now accepting applications for the 2019-2021 class of Mental Health Policy Fellows. This fellowship program is designed to prepare early-career professionals to become highly competent advocates for impactful policy… Read more [More...]

Statement: Governor’s State of the State address and budget propose some positive steps but leave out major needs

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on Governor Stitt's State of the State address and proposed budget. [More...]

Statement: Let us honor Martin Luther King by continuing his work

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement to commemorate 2019 Martin Luther King Day: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored today for his inspirational leadership challenging segregation, white supremacy, and poverty. He was a champion for all Americans who… Read more [More...]