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With so much going on at the Legislature, we weren't able to record a podcast this week. BUT you can hear a podcast with OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt and others in the Save Our State Coalition, who have presented a budget blueprint to fix Oklahoma's financial problems. Find it here or subscribe to the STANDcast by Stand for Children Oklahoma.

Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 10:45am CDT

Now that we're just past the halfway point in the Legislative session, Kara Joy and Gene talk about which key bills are still alive, which are dead, and what's at play in negotiations over the state budget. To find out how you can take action on bills during the rest of session, see OK Policy's Advocacy Alerts page, and to join efforts for a better Oklahoma state budget, visit Together Oklahoma.

Direct download: Episode_28_Mid-Session_Update.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 11:28am CDT

Today on the OK PolicyCast, we speak with Shay White, a social worker and advocate with Together Oklahoma and ACTION. She spoke to us about what motivated her to get involved with policy change, what keeps her going, and "that one thing that gets us up every morning."

If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you'd like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

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Direct download: OK_PolicyCast_Episode_27.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 9:33am CDT

We speak with OK Policy health care analyst Carly Putnam about the new plan from the House GOP to replace the Affordable Care Act. We talk about how the bill does and doesn't change the Affordable Care Act, what chance it has to pass, and how it could affect Oklahomans' health care.

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Direct download: OK_PolicyCast_Episode_26.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 10:37am CDT

On this episode we speak with Jill Webb, an attorney with the Tulsa County Public Defender's office. She gives us a tour of how the real criminal justice system is different from popular ideas about police and the courts, embodied by shows like Law and Order.

Extra links:

  • Where Americans are sent to prison most (New York Times)
  • The Cost Trap: How Excessive Fees Lock Oklahomans Into the Criminal Justice System without Boosting State Revenue: Executive Summary (OK Policy)
Direct download: OK_PolicyCast_Episode_25.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 3:57pm CDT

The OK PolicyCast is back!

Governor Fallin surprised many observer of Oklahoma politics by calling for dramatic revenue increases and major tax reforms in her State of the State address. In this podcast, we discuss the Governor's ideas, what's most likely to make it through the Legislature, and what other ideas Oklahoma Policy Institute has put forward to fix our state's budget hole.

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Direct download: OK_PolicyCast_Ep_24.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 5:25pm CDT

This October, Stanford University's Dr. David Grusky visited Oklahoma for a talk at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Grusky's books include Social Stratification, Occupy the Future, The New Gilded Age, The Great Recession, The Inequality Reader, and The Inequality Puzzle. His presentation at TU was titled, "A Blueprint for Ending Poverty... Permanently." Dr. Grusky also spent some time with OK Policy's staff discussing how the research on poverty and inequality is inspiring an ambitious new effort to end poverty in California.

Direct download: OKPolicyCastEpisode23.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 1:52pm CDT

This week we speak with Kate Richey of OK Policy and the Oklahoma Assets Network on her research into payday lending in Oklahoma and how it can trap families in a vicious cycle of debt.

On Wednesday, March 4 there will be a Town Hall Forum on predatory lending in Oklahoma. A local panel of experts will discuss how payday lenders target military families, older Oklahomans, single parent households, and other vulnerable communities and demographics. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Direct download: OK_PolicyCast_2-27-2015.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 12:50pm CDT

This week we share a panel discussion from OK Policy's 2015 State Budget Summit. In recent years Oklahoma has seen among the lowest unemployment and highest personal income growth in the nation. At the same time, there's evidence that is rising tide is not lifting all boats. Oklahomans continue to struggle with relatively high levels of poverty, low educational attainment, and falling behind on many measures of quality of life.

In this informative and wide-ranging discussion, panelists Shelley Cadamy (Workforce Tulsa), Dr. Mickey Hepner (University of Central Oklahoma), Chuck Hoskin Jr. (Cherokee Nation), Rep. Dennis Casey (Oklahoma House of Representatives), and Dr. Dan Rickman (Oklahoma State University) share their insights about what's really going on in Oklahoma's economy.

Direct download: OK_PolicyCast_2-20-2015.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 11:15am CDT

This week we talk with Affordable Care Act Navigator Donna Orban on what's being done to get Oklahomans signed up for health insurance during this year's Affordable Care Act enrollment period. We also speak with OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt, who shares some takeaways from Governor Fallin's new budget proposal.

Direct download: OK_PolicyCast_2-6-2015.mp3
Category:Government & Organizations -- posted at: 5:40pm CDT