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SB 11: Delaying Pre-K would be a step back for Oklahoma’s children

[Image Source: U.S. Department of Education / Flickr] SB 11 would move cutoff dates for children entering pre-K from September 1 to July 1. Oklahoma would be the only state to have a cutoff before July 31st. The change would delay pre-K eligibility by a year for children who are two months shy of the new cutoff date. SB 11 would particularly hurt low-income families and children of color who benefit most from pre-K programs. [More...]

Statement: Governor’s State of the State address and budget propose some positive steps but leave out major needs

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on Governor Stitt's State of the State address and proposed budget. [More...]

Oklahoma’s 2019 legislative session starts today. Here’s how you can help Oklahoma make progress.

Oklahoma's 2019 legislative session kicks off at noon today. OK Policy provides numerous tools and well-researched information to help you follow what's happening and advocate for better policies in the Legislature. [More...]

Expectations running high for new legislative session (Capitol Update)

Like most others, I’m feeling positive about the new legislative session. It’s sort of like just before the first game of the season every year. No wins, no losses, but lots of possibilities with expectations running high. We are fielding… Read more [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Oklahoma’s new economic ranking; 2019 Legislative Primer; how new Legislature is unlike others; & more…

This week, Economic Opportunity Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison published an analysis of Oklahoma’s economic ranking in the Prosperity Now Scorecard, which dropped for the third consecutive year. We also released our 2019 Legislative Primer to help veteran advocates and political novices alike stay informed and actively engaged during the upcoming legislative session. [More...]

Newly updated Legislative Primer is your guide to Oklahoma’s 2019 legislative session

Whether you are a veteran advocate, a complete novice to Oklahoma politics, or anyone in between, the 2019 Legislative Primer will provide you invaluable information in a concise, user-friendly format. [More...]

New economic rankings show Oklahoma falling further behind

There are quite a few reasons to be optimistic about Oklahoma this year. Unemployment is low and the state expects to have a budget surplus this year, the first in quite some time. But despite this good news, too many Oklahomans are still struggling to make ends meet and build a better future for themselves and their families. For the third straight year, Oklahoma has dropped in the Prosperity Now Scorecard rankings. This year, we rank 43rd in the financial health and overall well-being of our residents - that's down from 34th in 2016. [More...]

State airplane is low hanging fruit for new governor (Capitol Update)

What is it about airplanes and state government? Governor Stitt announced, as one of his first official executive orders last week that he would order the sale of the state airplane. The governor, a pilot and successful businessman doing business… Read more [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: 2019 Policy Priorities; talk of Medicaid expansion; now hiring communications intern; & more…

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

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