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New issue brief examines one of the largest business subsidies in Oklahoma

Mark Lash is a retired federal employee who follows Oklahoma policymaking. He has previously written about the Quality Jobs Program for the OK Policy Blog.
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In The Know: Fallin rejects lawmaker’s call for ‘Catastrophic Health Emergency’ over migrant children

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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Quote of the Day 7/23/2014

“[Eliminating the subsidies] will be devastating to tens of thousands of Oklahomans who have been able to purchase health insurance through the federal exchange. [They] will be perplexed why their attorney general is going to court to prevent them from having affordable health care.”

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Number of laboratory-confirmed cases of rabies in Oklahoma during 2013.
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health
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Statement: Lawsuit threatens health care for working Oklahomans

Oklahoma Policy Institute issued the following statement in response to a court ruling that threatens to strike down tax credits that reduce the cost of insurance on healthcare.gov:

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Debunking myths about migrant children at Ft. Sill

As most Oklahomans have heard and seen on the news, there are currently between 1,000 and 1,500 migrant children being housed in dormitories on Fort Sill, an Army base in southwestern Oklahoma near Lawton (among other places across the country). The vast majority are from three Central American countries: Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

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In The Know: Fallin starts petition to close facility housing child immigrants

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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Quote of the Day 7/22/2014

“According to the Affordable Care Act’s (marketplace), I signed up and went through that process, and they said I would qualify for state Medicaid. When you go to the state Medicaid website, due to Governor Fallin’s unwillingness to expand it, I don’t qualify.”
- Joshua Kraft, a 26-year old Oklahoman with chronic depression and anxiety. Because the state has refused to accept federal funds to expand health coverage to low-income Oklahomans, Kraft’s illness largely goes untreated (Source: http://bit.ly/1n7MxD4)

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Number of women in the Oklahoma legislature out of 149 legislators, the 3rd lowest percentage in the nation.
Source: Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics
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Initiative seeks to bring together the puzzle pieces for improving Tulsa schools

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This post is by Rebecca Hollis, who is working with OK Policy during the summer as a Southern Education Leadership Initiative Fellow. Rebecca attends Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and is part of the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program. She previously contributed a post about community schools in Oklahoma

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