The Weekly Wonk October 12, 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 KnowClick here to subscribe to In The Know.

On the OK Policy Blog this week, we found that same-sex marriage will boost Oklahoma’s income tax revenue. We argued that we shouldn’t allow criminal justice reform in Oklahoma to be driven by fear. In a guest post, a local high school history teacher describes what Oklahoma’s education crisis looks like from the ground.

Executive Director David Blatt wrote in a blog post and in his Journal Record column that the state Attorney General’s lawsuit to take away the subsidies that allowed 55,000 Oklahomans to purchase affordable health insurance is based on a misguided reading of the law.

On the heels of new poverty data from the Census Bureau, we’ve released our 2013 Oklahoma Poverty Profile. We reviewed the new poverty data earlier, and found that Oklahoma’s economy is leaving too many people behind.

Mark your calendars: On November 10th, OK Policy will host Dr. Lawrence R. Jacobs, a leading expert on health care policy, for his lunchtime talk “The 2014 Elections and the Future of Health Reform.” Click here to purchase tickets.

This week on the OK PolicyCast, we talked to policy analyst Carly Putnam about economic opportunities for women in Oklahoma, a topic she wrote about on the OK Policy Blog. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunesStitcher, or RSS.

In our Editorial of the Week, The Tulsa World’s editorial board argued that the state Department of Education still needs to meet its testing mandate this winter despite unrest over standardized testing and having no testing vendor lined up. 

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Quote of the week:

“The first thing I thought was ‘Yay.’ The second thought I had was ‘We have so much to do!’”

– Mary Bishop, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in the legalization of same-sex marriage in Oklahoma, who married her long-time partner on Monday (10/06/14) after judges ended a stay on the ruling (Source:

See previous Quotes of the Day here.

Numbers of the day:

  • 43% – The growth in Oklahoma’s Asian-American population from 2000-2010.
  • 22 – Number of threatened or endangered species in Oklahoma.
  • 69.6% – Percentage of Oklahoma students who took the SAT in 2014 who met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.
  • 16% – Drop in crude oil prices at the Cushing, OK oil hub since mid-June.
  • 27,275 – Number of marriage licenses issued in Oklahoma in 2013. 17,227 divorce decrees were issued in the state that same year.

See previous Numbers of the Day and sources here.

What we’re reading:


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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