Weekly Wonk May 12, 2013

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 Know.  Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

OK Policy’s Executive Director, David Blatt’s Journal Record column discusses silver linings in the tax cut debate. OK Policy was also mentioned in an Oklahoman editorial discussing adequate funding for school reforms.

Appropriations-06-14-CPIadjusted A guest post on the OK Policy blog discussed a new study out of Oregon which shows that extending Medicaid coverage greatly improves economic security and access to preventive care for low-income Americans. The blog also explained how Oklahoma lawmakers are back to being more interested in posturing against criminals than considering even the most moderate criminal justice reforms. Lastly we identified what you need to know about the most recent state budget agreement and explained why the new budget plan continues the trend of underfunding education in Oklahoma.


Numbers of the Day

  • 15.7 percent – Percentage of households in communities of color in Oklahoma who don’t have access to a vehicle, compared to 4 percent for predominately white communities, 2009
  • 472,400 – Number of households in Oklahoma who rent, about 33 percent of the state’s households
  • 84 percent – Percentage of jobs lost in the state’s educational services sector that were held by women – a 5,547 drop in female employment compared to 1,063 for male employment between 2009 and 2011
  • 4,600 – The number of homeless Oklahomans, 2012
  • $200 million – Amount below five years ago going into Oklahoma’s state aid school funding formula; enrollment has increased by more than 30,000 students.

Policy Notes


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