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Monday, March 4
24,000

The number of Department of Defense civilian employees in Oklahoma who will be furloughed as a result of the sequester, reducing their gross pay by $123.9 million 

Source: The White House

Friday, March 1
$31 million

Amount Oklahoma would need to fund the Reading Sufficiency Act’s ban on social promotion at equivalent levels to Florida.

Source: OK Policy Blog

Thursday, February 28
6.7 percent

Percentage of the total population enrolled in HMOs in Oklahoma, compared to 22.5% nationally in 2011

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

Wednesday, February 27
43.8 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma households without enough cash, savings or liquid assets to subsist at the poverty level for three months in the absence of income, like job loss or sudden inability to work

Source: CFED

Tuesday, February 26
1/2 of 1 percent

Percentage of people on SNAP (or food stamps) in Oklahoma who were found ineligible for the program due to inaccurate information on their application,  3,465 out of nearly 615,000 Oklahomans in 2011

Source: USDA

Monday, February 25
173,400

Number of Oklahoma families that will lose health and nutrition assistance through maternal and infant programs if across-the-board federal budget cuts (or ‘sequestration’) aren’t averted by Congress

Source: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Friday, February 22
$215 million

Amount of economic activity Oklahoma workers would generate in one year with the additional wages they would earn under a minimum wage increase (to $9.00/hr)

Source:  Economic Policy Institute

Thursday, February 21
1,850

The number of jobs created by new businesses in Oklahoma in 2012, compared to 11,320 jobs added by existing businesses

Source: Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Wednesday, February 20
272,000

Number of children receiving SNAP or ‘food stamps’ in Oklahoma, nearly half of all SNAP recipients in the state in FY 2011

Source: USDA

Tuesday, February 19
43 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma households who would receive no tax cut under Governor Fallin’s tax cut plan

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute