The Weekly Wonk – January 20th, 2012

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk is dedicated to this week’s events, publications, and blog posts.

This week OK Policy refuted a claim by Senator Mike Mazzei that “special interests” were the real losers in the tax reform task force proposal. StateImpactOklahoma and Sen. Charles Wyrick both discussed our finding that the plan would amount to a tax increase for a majority of Oklahomans. We released an issue brief and a related blog post outlining Oklahoma’s Medicaid program and its eligibility requirements, breaking down its funding sources, and debunking some common Medicaid myths.

Also this week on our blog, we discussed how Arthur Laffer’s economic analysis of tax cuts is highly misleading, because his real goal is to tell politicians what they want to hear. A guest blog from Fab Lab Tulsa’s Matthew Norris presented the vision of an economy based on personal fabrication. This Land Press conducted a live interview with David Blatt about the history of OK Policy, our notable accomplishments, and some of the work we are doing now.

Numbers of the Day

  • 63.9 percent – Percentage of deliveries in Oklahoma paid for by SoonerCare (Medicaid).
  • 3/5ths – Proportion of Oklahoma households who use natural gas as their primary energy source for home heating.
  •  37.7 percent – Percentage of working-age Oklahomans with a disability who were employed in 2009
  • 40th – Oklahoma’s rank among the states in amount of state and local taxes collected as a share of personal income, 2009

In The Know, Policy Notes



Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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