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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
December 13th, 2017

Download the 2016 Poverty Profile as a PDF Fact Sheet 624,042 Oklahomans had incomes below the poverty level in 2016. That’s 16.3 percent of Oklahoma’s population, or about one out of every 6 Oklahomans. The poverty rate in Oklahoma continues to be above the national average Since 2008, Oklahoma’s poverty rate has been higher than the national average, and that  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
February 14th, 2018

Effie Craven is the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Imagine you are a child waiting in the school lunch line with your friends.  You laugh and joke as you move through the line and get your trays, enjoying the break from class.  But when you get to the cashier and scan your  Continue Reading »

February 12th, 2018

This post is the first in a series highlighting key bills in several issues areas that we’re following.  Last session, working families saw little in the way of help from the Legislature.  As the budget crisis continued, core services suffered further cuts and teachers and state employees did not see the raises that many legislators promised would be a priority.  Continue Reading »

February 7th, 2018

Just a few weeks ago, the Step Up Oklahoma coalition announced their plan for a variety of tax increases and reforms to resolve some of Oklahoma’s long-standing budget problems. Since then, the proposal has attracted support from a broad range of groups representing different parts of Oklahoma’s private and public sectors, and House leaders have promised that they will vote  Continue Reading »