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“The impact is expected to grow in the coming years as more companies claim exemption status and as our economy becomes more service- and technology-centered.”

-Trish Williams, Tulsa Public Schools chief financial officer, on the new tax exemption for intangible property created by SQ 766. The exemption is estimated to cost schools more than $40 million this year. (Source:


-Oklahoma City artist Romy Owens, posting on Facebook after she successfully enrolled in health insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act (Source:

We have a wide diversity of adversity. We have kids who are in gangs, trying to stay out of gangs, some who don’t eat at night or maybe their parents are working late into the night at a second job. Making these kids’ lives better has to start somewhere.

-Nicole Foust, a first-year English teacher at U.S. Grant High School and a graduate of UCO’s urban education program (Source:

Local governments are, indeed, in a pickle. Where are property taxes going to go for local governments? Let’s all say it together: Up.

-Hannes Zacharias, county manager for Johnson County in Kansas, on budget shortfalls facing local governments after the state dramatically reduced income taxes (Source:

It’s possible that somewhere along the line that someone got confused. We’re the first administration that has existed completely in the digital age.

-Governor Fallin’s spokesman Alex Weintz, on taking over a year (15 months) to respond to an open records request (Source:

We wouldn’t practice any differently if we had full autonomy. Nothing that we did here would be different, other than we wouldn’t have to jump through extra hoops to get the same amount of care … The sooner we get to where New Mexico is, the better.

-Toni Pratt-Reid, the first nurse practitioner in Oklahoma to open a private practice, on an Oklahoma law that requires nurse practitioners to be supervised by (and pay subsidies to) a physician (Source:

At the Jesus House in Oklahoma City, scores of people turned out Monday in the biting cold for a turkey and a sack of groceries to help them through this Thanksgiving. We’ll see similar displays at shelters and food pantries across the state this holiday season.  Indeed, we see them year-round in Oklahoma because so many of our residents are “food insecure” — that is, there’s no guarantee they’ll eat three meals every day. Simply put, they are hungry.

-The Oklahoman Editorial Board (Source:

These are pretty substantial numbers we’re dealing with, and an important part of greenhouse gas emissions. Our study shows that there could be large greenhouse gas emissions in places in the country where we may not necessarily have accounted for them.

-Scot M. Miller, a researcher at Harvard University, who co-authored a study finding that methane emissions in oil and gas producing areas of Texas and Oklahoma were 2.7 times greater than previous estimates (Source:

Almost across the board, Oklahoma’s health statistics are bad — disturbingly, alarmingly bad. It’s no secret that there’s a tie between overall poor physical health and issues with substance abuse and mental health. If Oklahoma is ever to turn its health statistics around, it must address all types of health.

-The Oklahoman Editorial Board (Source:

After some tough times in recent years and some significant sacrifices on the part of public employees, the Oklahoma pension system is finally in order.  The state would be ill-advised to backtrack on this positive momentum by shifting its basic pension plan design. Why take this moment when Oklahoma finally has its pension house in order, to roll the dice with a radically new pension design?

Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute