New Census data shows Oklahoma fell further behind U.S. on poverty and uninsured rate for 2nd consecutive year

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2018 TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma continues to lag behind the nation in helping families get ahead, according to new data from the U.S. Census. In 2017, nearly 1 in 6 Oklahomans (15.8 percent) were living with… Read more [More...]

OK Policy celebrating 10th anniversary with gala dinner

Event on September 13th honors Kris Steele and Sandy Garrett, features New Yorker humorist Ian Frazier. For ten years, Oklahoma Policy Institute has advanced effective public policies through research-based education and advocacy. The organization will celebrate this 10th anniversary with a… Read more [More...]

OK Policy announces Fellowship program focusing on mental health, addiction

  TULSA, OK (July 25, 2018) –Oklahoma Policy Institute, in response to the critical needs in Oklahoma’s mental health care and addiction services, has announced a new fellowship program to prepare early-career professionals to become highly competent advocates for impactful… Read more [More...]

Introducing Open Justice Oklahoma, now hiring

For Immediate Release Oklahoma Policy Institute is excited to launch a new project to improve understanding of Oklahoma’s justice system through analysis of public data. Working closely with justice system stakeholders and advocates, Open Justice Oklahoma (OJO) will use cutting-edge… Read more [More...]

Statement: SoonerCare waiver request is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn

For Immediate Release Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on Oklahoma’s federal waiver request to deny SoonerCare coverage for parents and caretakers who don’t report working enough hours every week: The state’s new proposal to cut off Oklahoma parents who… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma Policy Institute selected as Oklahoma’s New KIDS COUNT Grantee

Already a respected, independent source for state policy information, Oklahoma Policy Institute will utilize the KIDS COUNT grant to expand its work for the well-being of children and families. TULSA — Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy), as of July 1,… Read more [More...]

Statement: Senate should reject deeply flawed House farm bill

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on the U.S. House’s passage of a harsh and partisan farm bill: The farm bill approved today in the U.S. House is deeply flawed. This legislation violates the bipartisan history of previous farm… Read more [More...]

Statement: Congress must end attacks on SNAP to pass Farm Bill

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on the failure and possible reconsideration of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House: Renewal of the U.S. Farm Bill is essential for Oklahoma families and for our state’s agricultural economy. Unfortunately, passage… Read more [More...]

Statement: Walkout resulted in major victories for education, but the work is not done

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on the announcement that the Oklahoma Education Association is shifting focus beyond the teacher walkout: Teachers and other participants in the historic walkout to save Oklahoma schools deserve our thanks. This walkout was… Read more [More...]

Statement: Oklahoma should not waste millions on capital gains tax break to protect small part that might benefit agriculture

Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt released the following statement in response to some lawmakers’ claims that Oklahoma should maintain a tax deduction for capital gains income to support the cattle industry and farmers: Oklahoma’s capitol gains deduction is… Read more [More...]