QOTD (8/14/17)

“It would be devastating for rural Oklahoma, because services in rural areas are hard to come by anyway. Everybody will be affected. The police will be affected. The emergency rooms will be affected. It’s like a tsunami.”

– Charles Danley, CEO of Grand Lake Mental Health Center in Nowata, on the impact of the cuts that will be necessary if the legislature does not restore the funding that will be lost as a result of the court decision finding the cigarette fee unconstitutional (Source)


Courtney Cullison worked for OK Policy from 2017 to 2020 as a policy analyst focused on issues of economic opportunity and financial security. Before coming to OK Policy, Courtney worked in higher education, holding faculty positions at the University of Texas at Tyler and at Connors State College in eastern Oklahoma. A native Oklahoman, she received an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. with emphasis in congressional politics and public policy from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Courtney was a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. As a professor she taught classes in American politics, public policy, and research methods and conducted original research with a focus on the relationship between representatives and the constituents they serve.

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