Five reasons NOT to donate to OK Policy

Typically, when we reach out to ask you to contribute to Oklahoma Policy Institute, we list all the good reasons we believe you should support our work with a tax-deductible donation. But it’s become an end-of-year tradition for us to share a reminder that other people may believe differently. Here are five things you may believe that should lead you NOT to donate to OK Policy.

1. Facts don’t matter

On the state policy issues that matter to most people – from the budget and taxes to education. health care, poverty, and criminal justice – OK Policy puts out reliable information and analysis, driven by data and facts. Resources such as our Online Budget Guide, County Fact Sheets, and Legislative Primer, as well as our daily In The Know, are among the fact-based sources of information that other people count on to understand public affairs in Oklahoma. But if facts don’t matter to you, do not donate to OK Policy!

2. There’s only one side to every debate

When one side holds a near monopoly of power in a state, other points of view can struggle to be heard. Through our blog posts, op-eds, columns and presentations, OK Policy is often that lonely voice offering a different perspective, whether it’s making the case for expanding health coverage, arguing for a fairer tax system, or opposing the expansion of predatory consumer loans. But if you believe there’s only one side to every debate, then you should most definitely NOT donate to OK Policy.

3. You don’t need to know how the state budget works

OK Policy works to explain the budget process, show where state revenues come from and how they are spent, and track budget trends over time, guided by the belief that an informed citizenry is vital to a healthy, functioning democracy. With a shrinking Capitol press corps, many people count on OK Policy to shine a light on what’s happening behind the curtains. But if you prefer to remain in the dark, then making a tax-deductible contribution to OK Policy is most certainly a bad idea

4. 49th is quite OK

In Oklahoma, one in six of us, and more than one in five children, live in households that earn too little to stay above the poverty line. On a whole range of health and social indicators, Oklahoma ranks among the states with the worst outcomes. One of OK Policy’s core convictions is that we need purposeful strategies aimed at expanding opportunities for all Oklahomans. We put forward thoughtful, practical policy proposals that will lead to a more prosperous, healthier state. But if you think we just need to work harder to outdo Mississippi in the race to the bottom, donating to OK Policy is probably not a good idea.

5. There’s no more work to do

Last year the Legislature approved new revenues for teacher pay increases and a few other priorities. It was an important first step in addressing some of the damage caused by years of stagnant funding and shrinking services. But so long as we remain last in our region in education funding, are among the lowest in the nation for mental health funding, and have nearly the highest rate of people without health insurance, OK Policy will make the case that we must continue to improve funding for public services that are the bedrock of healthy communities, thriving families, and a strong economy. If, however, you think there’s no more work to do, do not donate to OK Policy.

Kidding aside, we sincerely hope you will make a tax-deductible one-time or recurring year-end donation to OK Policy to help ensure that our work continues to have an impact in 2019. We greatly appreciate your support, and we wish you all the best during this holiday season.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Blatt helped found OK Policy in 2008 and became the organization's Executive Director in 2010. David previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Patty Hipsher, a special education teacher in Broken Arrow, and their son, Noah.

0 thoughts on “Five reasons NOT to donate to OK Policy

  1. I think the Gross Production Tax should be RAISED to 10%, (the same as “titheing” like the Bible says!) and this would increase revenues, much needed in this skinflint state. To the argument that Big Oil would leave; how could they take this State Resource WITh them when they go..taking a huge Conservative Bloc and funding, with them!
    I think the State OBSESSION with uninsured drivers, is the fault of Conservative Legislators, who PROMISED LOWER Car insurance, if only we would REQUIRE car insurance of drivers…and then, literally as soon as that passed, dropped the requirement that Insurance Companies provide cheap basic liability insurance. Immediately millions could no longer afford insurance, and drive without it, and providing a huge increase of hit-and-run drivers.
    I saw with dismay, the idiotic Utah (mostly Mormon) Legislature, LOWER DUI levels. Studies have shown that the drivers who crash most often, are multiple DUI offenders, not “social drinkers”, and the outrageous fines and requirements of License Renewal, are a favorite of Lawyers, most of whom make up Legislatures who pass this stupidity. Just like the stopping of most traffic enforcement by OKC Police some years ago, which DID NOT result in hardly ANY increase in accidents, nor did the increase in Highway Speeds from the stupid Nixon 55mph law, I think DUI laws principally affect the poor, and enrich Lawyers whom contribute heavily to these laws, not any interest in Public Safety.

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