OK Policy, OPI to merge

Oklahoma Policy Institute, the state policy think-tank, announced today, April 1st, that it is merging with OPI, the nail care and beauty industry giant.

“For three years, we’ve been engaged in a futile battle to convince people that we are OK Policy, not OPI,” stated David Blatt, Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Director.  “Reporters, legislators, Board members – no matter how often we repeated that we’re OK Policy, we kept getting called OPI. It’s time to face facts and embrace a new reality. Besides, OPI’s  line of Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengtheners promises to deliver the strong, natural nails that my staff and I deserve.”

If approved by the two boards, the new entity, which will be called OPI, will continue to produce issue briefs, fact sheets, and blog posts, but with a greater emphasis on nail-related policy concerns. Their first reports are expected to include: “The Case for Exempting Manicures from the Sales Tax”, “Expanding Access to Nail Lacquer Among Low- and Moderate-Income Households”, and “Brittle Nails, Brittle Tax Systems: Addressing the Skin-Care Structural Deficit.”

“Last fall we were very excited to announce our new fiscal analysis collection,” said OPI President & CEO George Schaeffer.  “Now by merging with OK Policy, we’ll be adding three new colors:  In The Red, Ad Valorem Violet and Budget Berry.”

The merger also includes the naming of Ron “Opie” Howard as Chairman of the Board.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He 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.

9 thoughts on “OK Policy, OPI to merge

  1. I’ve been tryin to convince people that policy wonks are people too…so thanks for finally proving my point! LOL

  2. OPI mixup sounds annoying, but how about this one: The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), a historic faith-based pacifist organization, had to deal with NATO naming its military intervention in Yugoslavia “IFOR.” Everyone kept seeing tanks on CNN with “IFOR” on the side.

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