Weekly Wonk January 5, 2014

the_weekly_wonkThe Weekly Wonk is a summary of Oklahoma Policy Institute’s events, publications, blog posts, and coverage. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

Registration is still open for our first State Budget Summit Thursday, January 16th at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City! With the theme of “Navigating the Perilous Fiscal Waters,” the summit will offer important perspectives on budget and tax issues. You can click here to register for the event.

On the OK Policy Blog, Executive Director David Blatt compared how the state governments of Oklahoma and Kentucky are taking very different approaches to the Affordable Care Act. He previously discussed the topic in a Journal Record column. Legislative Liaison Damario Solomon-Simmons wrote that Bowl Championship Series schools are failing their Black male athletes.  A guest post examined the importance of updated ordinances related to urban agriculture in Oklahoma City. We counted down our top ten most popular blog posts of 2013. 

In his Journal Record columns, Blatt shared the story of an Oklahoma family who were able to purchase affordable, comprehensive health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. He also suggested that the “feel-good story” of a Tulsa high school teacher volunteering her time to teach at 7am at after budget cuts eliminated a class is emblematic of the ongoing failure of the Oklahoma Legislature to properly  fund public education. 

Numbers of the Day

  • 19,400 – Number of Oklahomans who will be cut off from unemployment benefits by June 2014 if Congress does not extend the Emergency Unemployment program
  • 11,418 – Number of children in Oklahoma who were victims of child abuse or neglect during fiscal year 2013, nearly 58 percent increase since 2010
  • 20.2 percent – The share of total state expenditures for undergraduate student aid in Oklahoma that is based only on financial need, 8th lowest among the states in 2012
Policy Notes 


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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