Weekly Wonk June 8, 2014


The 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 KnowClick here to subscribe to In The Know.

This week on the OK Policy blog, we shared some of the secrets hidden in the FY2015 state budget.  Our breakdown of the budget can be found here, and our suggestions for filling the budget hole can be found here. We explained why repealing Common Core could mean greater federal control of Oklahoma schools.

In a guest post, OK Policy Research Fellow JeVonna Caine discussed barriers to growing the state’s supply of primary care physicians. We welcomed our two newest board members, NBC Oklahoma bank chairman Ken Fergeson and Edmond Public Schools superintendent David Goin.

In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt wrote that upcoming painful cuts to the state’s health care system are an avoidable disaster. Earlier this year, we suggested ways in which lawmakers could avoid such cuts. Policy Director Gene Perry talked about the reasons behind the state’s budget shortfall with the Associated Press.

Watchdog.org included analysis from OK Policy’s analysis in its discussion of misleading strategies used by lawmakers in designing this year’s state budget. Our discussion of the FY2015 budget can be found here.

Numbers of the Day

  • 8,922 – Number of female students in Oklahoma who took AP exams in 2013, compared to 6,903 male students.
  • 35.4% – Percentage of Oklahomans without consistent access to the Internet as of July 2011.
  • 340,395 – Total number of veterans living in Oklahoma as of September 30, 2013.
  • 13.6% – Percentage of Oklahoma community college students in 2011-12 that earned an associate’s degree within three years of enrollment as a new freshman.
  • 790 million – Pounds of dairy milk produced by Oklahoma cows in 2013, which is about 92 million gallons of milk.

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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