Budget Trends and Outlook — March 2018

Download a printable pdf of this fact sheet. Oklahoma’s budget shortfalls continue despite revenue improvements. Lawmakers met in two special session in 2017-18 looking for ways to fill a $215 million hole budget hole that resulted from the Supreme Court… Read more [More...]

2018 Legislative Policy Priorities

Download this fact sheet as a PDF. OK Policy is committed to supporting fair and adequate funding of public services and expanded economic opportunity for all Oklahomans through research and advocacy. During the 2018 legislative session, we will work to… Read more [More...]

2018 Policy Priority: Strengthen Working Family Tax Credits

See the full list of our 2018 policy priorities. Download this fact sheet as a PDF. Background In a tax code that provides many breaks for high-income individuals and businesses, Oklahoma offers just three tax credits that help support the… Read more [More...]

2018 Policy Priority: Increase Teacher Pay

See the full list of our 2018 policy priorities. Download this fact sheet as a PDF. Background Oklahoma’s average teacher pay and benefits are among the very lowest in the nation and well below surrounding states. This non-competitive pay damages… Read more [More...]

2018 Policy Priority: Stop Proposed Medicaid Work Restrictions

See the full list of our 2018 policy priorities. Download this fact sheet as a PDF. Background Most people enrolled in SoonerCare who can reasonably be expected to work, do work. However, for the first time in Medicaid’s fifty-year history,… Read more [More...]

2018 Policy Priority: Stop the Expansion of Predatory Lending

See the full list of our 2018 policy priorities. Download this fact sheet as a PDF. Background In Oklahoma, high-interest payday loans are advertised as a way for people who may not have access to traditional forms of credit to… Read more [More...]

2018 Policy Priority: Stop Attacks on Oklahoma’s Safety Net

See the full list of our 2018 policy priorities. Download this fact sheet as a PDF. Background When our friends and neighbors fall on hard times, a safety net is there to help them get back on their feet. For… Read more [More...]

2018 Policy Priority: Expand Access to Health Care Using Federal Funds

See the full list of our 2018 policy priorities. Download this fact sheet as a PDF. Background Oklahoma’s uninsured rate is one of the highest in the US. The effects of this ripple across our entire health care system, driving… Read more [More...]

2018 Policy Priority: Stop “Prosperity District” Scheme That Could Put Polluters Above The Law

See the full list of our 2018 policy priorities. Download this fact sheet as a PDF. Background Last year, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed HB 2132, a bill that would allow the creation of “Prosperity Districts” in the state.… Read more [More...]

Strategies for Building Trust Between Law Enforcement and Communities in Oklahoma: Case Studies

[Download the full report as a pdf.] [Download a summary table of reform proposals.] <<< Go to previous section: Reform Proposals Reducing Officer-Involved Shootings and Use-of-Force: Dallas Police Department Following several police shootings in 2012, the Dallas Police Department began… Read more [More...]