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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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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