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Oklahomans will go another year without solutions to housing crisis (2024 Legislative Wrap-up)

Oklahoma does not have enough housing, especially for low-income families. The state has a severe shortage of housing that is affordable for extremely low-income renters and evictions are on the rise. As pandemic-related rental assistance ends, the situation will become more dire. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Who is a Tribal Citizen? | Steps to improve budget transparency next session | Efforts to reclassify state’s criminal code maybe getting traction | 100th anniversary of American Indian citizenship

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...]

Tribal-State Policy 101: Tribal Citizenship

A strong, mutually respectful relationship between the State of Oklahoma and the 38 federally recognized Tribal Nations in the state is vital to the well-being of all who call Oklahoma home. OK Policy will be publishing a series of articles… Read more [More...]

Policy Matters: Steps to improve budget transparency next session

This legislative session, lawmakers placed great emphasis on budget transparency. It’s been revealing to watch the process unfold, but there are steps lawmakers can take to build on this progress for next year. Throughout May, legislative leaders and the governor… Read more [More...]

Efforts to reclassify state’s criminal code maybe getting traction (Capitol Update)

Providing more realistic guidelines for sentencing, which is lacking in Oklahoma, should provide a meaningful, measurable effect on Oklahoma's overuse of incarceration. HB 1792, if it passes, could mark a starting point. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Poverty is a policy choice | Public budget discussions offer insight into state budget process | Keep an eye on future budget committee sessions

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...]

Public budget discussions are an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of the state budget process (Capitol Update)

For those with interest and time to watch, the negotiations are an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of the state budget process and those who write the budget. If nothing else, the people watching have been treated, for the most part, to civil discussions by knowledgeable legislators doing the work they were elected to do to the best of their ability. [More...]

Weekly Wonk: The real impact of a flat-rate income tax | Poorest Oklahomans need actions, not words | State’s anti-ESG law filled with twists, turns | We’re Hiring – Applications close tomorrow

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...]

State’s anti-ESG law filled with twists, turns (Capitol Update)

Oklahoma politics is sometimes a small world. In 2022, given the opportunity to demonstrate their loyalty to the state's oil and gas industry, legislators passed House Bill 2034, the "Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022, known as Oklahoma's anti-ESG (environmental, social and governance) law." [More...]

Weekly Wonk: Putting cash back in the pockets of Oklahoma taxpayers who need it most | Budget talks continue: One step forward is still forward | SB 1709’s impact on the child welfare system

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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