The Weekly Wonk: Paths to a healthier Oklahoma; life without taxes; & 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. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Regulating virtual charters; what’s at stake with coverage expansion; & 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. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Bail reform successes; falling support for higher ed; accomplishments of the teacher walkout; & 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. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Job licensing reform; the wrong way to reduce the uninsured; a better way to support teachers; & 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. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Oklahoma’s opportunity to expand health coverage

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. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: 2019 Summer Policy Institute; restore the EITC for working families; protect payday customer; & more

This week, we launched applications for our annual Summer Policy Institute! The Institute is hosted and led by the staff of OK Policy and involves leading policy experts from government, academia, and community organizations throughout Oklahoma. The deadline to apply is May 27, 2019. In the midst of a severe budget crisis in 2016, the Oklahoma legislature slashed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working families. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: School funding; Rainy Day Fund; We’re hiring; & more

This week, a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that despite gains from last year's teacher walkout, Oklahoma school funding is still significantly below pre-recession levels. You can read the full report here. Currently, Oklahoma schools desperately need more counselors, and Education Policy Analyst Rebecca Fine explained why it is in our children's best interest for the legislature to grant the State Department of Education’s request to fund the School Counselor Corps. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Money bail; scholarship tax credits; bills that died; & more

This week, a new study by Open Justice Oklahoma Director Ryan Gentzler analyzed the impact of money bail on vulnerable communities and how passing Senate Bill 252 could change that. Education Policy Analyst Rebecca Fine informed us that increasing the scholarship tax credit hurts public schools. Policy Director Carly Putnam explained why implementation of Medicaid work requirements in Oklahoma is unlikely to happen quickly - and why that’s a good thing.  [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Bills we’re watching; addressing racial disparities; federal funding we can count on; & more…

In our Bill Watch series, Rebecca Fine gave us an overview of bills that could have a significant impact on Oklahoma schools, and Economic Opportunity Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison highlighted the many opportunities legislators have to make Oklahomans better off economically. An op-ed by Policy Director Carly Putnam in The Oklahoman explained why federal support for health coverage expansion is a funding promise we can count on. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Shrinking school support staff; how Gov. Stitt can fix the parole process; bills to watch; & more…

While school enrollment in Oklahoma has been increasing steadily over the last decade, there are 391 fewer support professionals in our schools. How Governor Stitt can use his executive powers to fix parole. Why Oklahoma's Medicaid agency should withdraw a rule to terminate health care coverage over returned mail. Issues we're watching on the budget, taxes, and health care. [More...]