Tulsa has better options than punitive responses to truancy and homelessness

This post is by OK Policy intern Lydia Lapidus. Lydia is a recent graduate from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a concentration in International Politics. In recent weeks, the Tulsa City Council has considered ordinances that… Read more [More...]

Fact Sheet: Is education fully funded?

Updated April 17th [Download this fact sheet as a pdf.] In March, lawmakers approved a package of funding increases that included pay raises for teachers (HB 1023xx), school support staff (HB 1026xx), and state workers (HB 1024xx), along with additional… Read more [More...]

State Funding Crisis and the Teacher Walkout: Resources & Information

Oklahoma teachers and school districts all over the state have shut down schools since April 2nd to advocate for better funding of education and other core state services. This page compiles resources to help you understand the context for Oklahoma’s… Read more [More...]

State Question 788: Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Download this fact sheet as a PDF. The Gist SQ 788 would legalize medical marijuana and set up a system to tax and regulate its use. The law would allow individuals to apply for a license to grow and buy… Read more [More...]

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...]