OK Policy’s Response to 2021 State of the State Address

In pointing Oklahomans towards his vision of Oklahoma as a Top 10 state, Gov. Stitt during his State of the State address shared a quote he attributed to Will Rogers: “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” However, if Gov. Stitt and our elected officials focus too intently on a far off horizon without recognizing the path that got us here, they are destined to repeat past mistakes. 

Oklahoma’s leaders this session face unprecedented challenges to address the enormous damage inflicted upon Oklahomans by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. To date, their public dialogue has not recognized that the brunt of this pandemic has been shouldered by our communities of color and low-income Oklahomans. These current hardships only magnify decades of underfunding – and disinvestment – Oklahoma has made to core public services that help struggling Oklahomans become self-sufficient. 

Our current reality should serve as a clarion call for those Oklahomans who want to see our state as a place where *everyone* can be healthy, feel safe in their communities, and raise thriving families. The Oklahoma Policy Institute and its Together Oklahoma grassroots organization will continue to work with advocates and community change-makers to help move us closer to that vision. 

Additional insights for the upcoming session: 

Learn more about OK Policy’s 2021 legislative policy priorities or become involved in our Together Oklahoma grassroots efforts.


Oklahoma Policy Insititute (OK Policy) advances equitable and fiscally responsible policies that expand opportunity for all Oklahomans through non-partisan research, analysis, and advocacy.

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