Quote of the Day 4/12/2017

“It is basically a slap in the face to voters who soundly voted ‘no’ on State Question 777 and an end run around what the people want. This is the creation of prosperity districts, which is as bad — or worse — than SQ 777.”

-Denise Deason-Toyne, president of Tahlequah-based citizen coalition Save the Illinois River Inc., arguing that “prosperity districts” created under HB 2132 would lead to areas not subject to state environmental regulations that could be exploited by foreign corporations (Source). Read why HB 2132 won’t create prosperity here


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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