The Weekly Wonk: July 27, 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 Oklahoma Policy Institute wrote about five aspects of the state’s social, economic, and political landscape that explain poverty’s persistence.  We reported on a new poll of 40 of America’s foremost economic experts; not a single one was in agreement with the assertion that tax cuts foster enough economic growth to pay for themselves.

We blogged about Oklahoma’s work-sharing program, which includes an unprecedented and needlessly restrictive condition that keeps it from being useful to any employers.  We also posted about an upcoming event, the 45th Annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Conference.

David Blatt wrote in the Journal Record that Oklahoma is a poor state no longer, and it’s time to translate that newfound prosperity into enhanced personal and social well being.

In The Know, Policy Notes

Numbers of the Day

  • 63.2 percent – Percentage of Oklahoma high school students who do not attend a physical education class during an average week of school, compared to 48.2 percent nationally, 2011
  • 1 in 2 – Unplanned pregnancies in Oklahoma occurred while partners were using contraception, 2008
  • 15, 228 – The number of new businesses created each year in Oklahoma on average, compared to 14,847 businesses that close their doors, 2000-2010
  • 277,891 – Number of households with children (≤18) in Oklahoma with a mother who also works outside the home, nearly 2/3rds of all such households in the state, 2010
  • 86 percent – Percentage of the total number of persons sent to prison for a crack cocaine offense in Oklahoma that were people of color, 2007-2011


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