Income tax proposal would do lasting damage to state’s prosperity

Contact: David Blatt,, (918) 859-8747 Oklahoma Policy Institute finds that task force’s income tax proposal would do lasting damage to state’s prosperity  A new report on economic development prepared for Governor Fallin includes some worthwhile ideas, but its suggestions… Read more [More...]

Flip It to Fix It: An Immediate, Fair Solution to State Budget Shortfalls

Contact: David Blatt,, (918) 794-3944 Shannon Moriarty,, (617) 824-0069 United for a Fair Economy Releases Flip It to Fix It: An Immediate, Fair Solution to State Budget Shortfalls, Documents Current Regressive State Tax Structures A new study has… Read more [More...]

New Fact Sheet Shows State Appropriated Spending Is at a Thirty-Year Low

Contact: David Blatt, Director Cell: (918) 859-8747; Office: (918) 794-3944 Oklahoma’s Economy Grows, Spending on Public Services Lags (Tulsa, March 1, 2011): A new fact sheet released today by Oklahoma Policy Institute reveals that the state appropriated budget in relation… Read more [More...]

Fixing the Sales Tax: Options for Reform

Contact: David Blatt, Director Office: (918) 794-3944 New Issue Brief Calls for Fixing Oklahoma’s Sales Tax; Exemptions and Loopholes Are Distorting Economy, Starving Public Services   (Tulsa, February 22):  Reform of Oklahoma’s sales tax is needed to support state and… Read more [More...]

OK Policy Memo: Expect Budget Shortfalls to Continue; Balanced Approach to Bridging the Budget Gap is Urged

Whoever wins the elections in November will face difficult choices in filling large budget holes and balancing the budget in the years ahead, according to a memo to candidates and elected officials released today by Oklahoma Policy Institute, an independent… Read more [More...]

New OK Policy Issue Brief Finds State Question 744 to be “The Wrong Solution” for Oklahoma

Contact: David Blatt, Director Office: (918) 794-3944; Cell: (918) 859-8747  (Tulsa, July 20, 2010):  State Question 744, the proposed constitutional amendment that would peg the annual education budget in Oklahoma to funding levels in six neighboring states, is the wrong… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma Policy Institute Report Shines Light on Need for Greater Scrutiny of State Tax Breaks

Contact: David Blatt, Director (918) 794-3944; (918) 859-8747 – cell (Tulsa, February 17, 2010):  Oklahoma’s budget crisis creates new needs and new opportunities to review the state’s extensive system of tax breaks, according to a research brief released today by… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma’s Poor and Middle Income Families Pay a Higher Percentage in State, Local Taxes

(Oklahoma City, Nov. 18, 2009): State and local taxes take a bigger toll on the incomes of Oklahoma’s low- and moderate-income households than on higher-income households, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a… Read more [More...]

OK Policy Forecasts Give Extended Picture of State’s Budget Crisis

(Oklahoma City, Nov. 10, 2009): The impact of the current recession will be long and deep in Oklahoma, and state services will continue to deteriorate, according to a report released today by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. The issue brief explores… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma Policy Institute Releases its Online Budget Guide

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-Oklahoma Policy Institute today released its Online Budget Guide, a comprehensive look at how Oklahoma state and local governments collect and spend money to provide public services. The Online Budget Guide is designed to give citizens and policy… Read more [More...]