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Weekly Wonk: SB 704 can reduce Oklahoma’s incarceration rate | Supporting thriving families | Recommitting to higher ed funding

SB 704 would be step towards reducing Oklahoma’s incarceration rate (Capitol Update); Together Oklahoma Talks Policy: Thriving Families; Policy Matters: State must recommit to higher education funding. [More...]

SB 704 would be step towards reducing Oklahoma’s incarceration rate (Capitol Update)

Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, introduced Senate Bill 704 that will eliminate piling on more prison time for sentences in most non-violent felony cases when the defendant has a previous conviction. The law already provides a range of punishment for criminal… Read more [More...]

Weekly Wonk: OK’s higher ed cuts among nation’s Top 3 | TogetherOK presents policy talks | Rethinking ‘tough on crime’

Oklahoma among worst states for higher education cuts; Together Oklahoma Talks Policy: Healthy Oklahomans and Safe Communities; (Capitol Update) Lawsuit challenges OHCA’s managed care proposal; Policy Matters: Rethinking Oklahoma’s ‘tough on crime’ approach to justice; Virtual Day of Action, March 4 [More...]

Lawsuit challenges OHCA’s managed care proposal (Capitol Update)

For the past several months, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority has been in a race against the calendar to get contracts signed with private insurance companies to manage the state’s $2 billion Medicaid program before the Legislature was to go into session on Feb. 1. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Measuring success of justice reform measures | Talking health care policy, Medicaid | Breaking cycle of political inequity

Changes to Oklahoma’s drug laws reduce criminal charges and prison sentences; Together Oklahoma Talks Policy: Healthy Oklahomans & Health Care; (Capitol Update) Proposed bills again seek to undo will of the voters; Policy Matters: Breaking the cycle of political inequities [More...]

Changes to Oklahoma’s drug laws reduce criminal charges and prison sentences

Though much remains to be done, the Oklahoma Policy Institute has been tracking the effects of justice reform in courts, jails, and prisons as reforms have taken hold and found a steady move towards a less punitive approach to offenses like drug possession and burglary.   [More...]

Proposed bills again seek to undo will of the voters (Capitol Update)

From the beginning of statehood, Article 5, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution has provided that, “The Legislative authority of the State shall be vested in a Legislature, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives; but the people… Read more [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Benefits simulator can help families understand assistance programs | State of the State commentary | Black History Month

Benefits simulator helps families understand assistance programs and helps support better policies; Confrontations between governor, legislature may continue over managed care proposal (Capitol Update); OK Policy’s Response to 2021 State of the State Address; Policy Matters: What was left unsaid in the State of the State Address  [More...]

Our new benefits simulator helps families understand assistance programs and helps support better policies

OK Policy’s simulator is a menu-driven Microsoft Excel worksheet in which users input details about a family to see how assistance programs help them at various hours of work and hourly wages. [More...]

OK Policy’s Response to 2021 State of the State Address

In pointing Oklahomans towards his vision of Oklahoma as a Top 10 state, Gov. Stitt during his State of the State address shared a quote he attributed to Will Rogers: “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” However,… Read more [More...]

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