Quote of the Day 3/29/2017

“The sad thing about this list of budget options is that we serve people who are even more vulnerable. They are not on the list because they are so vulnerable, they would be on the street or their lives would be in danger without services. But we are reaching a point where if we keep cutting so deep, we will get to where we are cutting into child welfare, safety and placement services. Cuts would limit options for placement.”

-Sheree Powell, DHS state communications director, on the cuts the agency would have to make with a flat funding appropriation this year. They include cuts to early childhood school readiness programs, developmental disability programs, child care subsidies, and in-home services for seniors (Source)


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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