qotd 08/10/17

“We could see some serious damage to our health care providers and clients before the Legislature is able to respond. Agencies will have to make real decisions based on this ruling.”

– Oklahoma Policy Institute executive director David Blatt on the state Supreme Court’s ruling that a $215 million cigarette “fee” is unconstitutional (Source). The Save Our State coalition, which includes OK Policy, has called on Governor Fallin to convene a special session to fix the budget


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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