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A job isn’t enough to afford housing for many Oklahomans

State leaders often say the answer to housing instability is a job – but jobs don’t help if they don’t pay enough. Wages have risen at less than half the rate of rent for the last two decades, putting working… Read more [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Oklahoma tax cuts part of damaging national trend | Legislature shouldn’t be ‘Fear Factor’ | Policy notes, numbers

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...]

Fact Check: The impact of a .25-percent income tax cut to Oklahoma taxpayers

Oklahoma Capitol Proposal The governor has proposed an across-the-board .25-percent cut to the state’s personal income tax. This proposal will be the focus on a legislative special session on Monday, Jan. 29.  How this impacts Oklahomans The Institute on Taxation and Economic… Read more [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Task force is step backwards for Tribal/state relations | Oklahomans need solutions, not grandstanding | Policy notes, numbers

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...]

Gov.’s task force is latest step away from practical solutions in Tribal/state relations (Capitol Update)

Tribal leaders took offense at both the composition of the task force and the tenor of the governor’s executive order. Only two of the 38 federally recognized Tribes were to be represented on the 13-member task force. The executive order characterized McGirt as “continuing to wreak havoc in nearly half of the State of Oklahoma and calls for “recommendations relevant to the speedy resolution of the broken system created by the McGirt decision.” Tribal leaders do not view McGirt as having “wreaked havoc” or created a “broken system.” [More...]

Statement regarding the governor’s latest call for special session (Jan 2024)

On Tuesday, the governor issued a call for a special session on Jan. 29, asking lawmakers to pass a .25-percent cut to the state’s personal income tax.   Statement from the Oklahoma Policy Institute:  Instead of grandstanding with yet another… Read more [More...]

Dr. King’s dream of economic freedom (Commentary) 

Dr. King understood, then as it is now, that income inequality binds Americans into a cycle of poverty that often becomes generational. Poverty lowers life expectancy as well as educational attainment, which is a predictor of wealth for all races.  [More...]

Weekly Wonk: New reports show state’s racial, economic disparities | Big tax cuts could prevent investments | Corporate tax cuts popular with lawmakers, despite public sentiment

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...]

Big ticket tax cuts could prevent strategic investments in Oklahoma’s future (Capitol Update)

Big ticket outcomes for the upcoming legislative session have yet to come into focus. Big ticket items could include passage of one or more of the various tax cut proposals being discussed or appropriations that affect budgets across state government. [More...]

New report spotlights imbalances among child well-being for Oklahoma’s children of color

2024 Race for Results report identifies gaps in child well-being that persist across race and ethnicity, caused by policy choices, disinvestment in services for young people — A new national report out Jan. 10 shows that child well-being outcomes for… Read more [More...]

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