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The Weekly Wonk: Invest in small agencies; Expand Medicaid to tackle the opioid crisis; & more

Over the past decade, all state agencies faced repeated and serious budget cuts, but small agencies were hit hardest, with many seeing their state funding cut by 20 to 50 percent. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Education Policy Analyst and KIDS COUNT Coordinator Rebecca Fine

To give you a better idea of who we are and what we all do, we are running an OK Policy Blog series highlighting our staffers. [More...]

Smaller state agencies get a bigger piece of the budget, but there’s still a ways to go

Over the past decade, all agencies faced repeated and serious budget cuts, but small agencies were hit hardest, with many seeing their state funding cut by 20 to 50 percent. [More...]

To address opioid crisis, expand Medicaid (Capitol Updates)

As Dr. Clancy described it, "New Mexico has done many of the same things we have done in Oklahoma to combat opioid overdose deaths such as the development of closer tracking of opioid prescriptions before physicians write another prescription, intervening when physicians are overprescribing opioids and the use of Narcan by first responders to prevent a death when there is an opioid overdose." [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: New paper on finding work in Oklahoma; now hiring Communications Director; & more…

This week we launched The State of Work in Oklahoma, a new three-part paper series that sheds light on those Oklahomans who have been left behind by the economic recovery. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Economic Opportunity Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison

From humble beginnings in 2008, we now have a staff of 19, including talented individuals who focus on a wide range of policy issues, intensive data analysis, outreach, communications, events and operations, and more. [More...]

Oklahoma’s spending on senior tax breaks is costly and poorly targeted

Tax breaks for seniors cost Oklahoma an estimated $310 million annually and do little to help the seniors most in need, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. [More...]

OK PolicyCast 50: The past and future of OK Policy (with David Blatt and Kara Joy McKee)

With OK Policy's founder and long-time executive director David Blatt also passing the torch later this year, we decided to do something special for this episode. [More...]

In better budget times, Legislature takes back control of the purse strings (Capitol Update)

Legislators learned quickly they were not off the hook with the public when  popular and needed programs were eliminated. It was not long until line items began to show up in appropriations measures again, and the practice has grown steadily. [More...]

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