Oklahoma’s rank out of all 50 states on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The state ranked especially poorly for life evaluation, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access to health care.
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During this year’s State of the State address, Gov. Mary Fallin expressed strong support for doing away with traditional defined benefit pension plans for new hires within the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) in favor of 401k-style defined contribution retirement plans.
Oklahoma has the highest female incarceration rate in the country for several years now. Oklahoma’s history of imprisoning nonviolent women, rather than treating them, is expensive, ineffective and damaging to families.
-Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, who has authored a bill allowing Oklahoma to make “social impact contracts” that pay nonprofits for successfully reducing incarceration (Source:http://bit.ly/1dty4c1)
Number of Oklahomans making at or below minimum wage in 2013, 6.3 percent of all hourly workers in the state.
Source: Current Population Survey via Governing
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There seems to be no long-range strategic plan considering overall impacts of cuts on services and magically, if we reduce taxes an increase in business and sales will make up the difference. It sounds like trickle-down economics, but there are too many variables. You could not run a business this way.
-Phil Busey, CEO of the Busey Group of Companies in Oklahoma City, who writing in The Edmond Sun about why further tax cuts make no sense right now (Source: http://bit.ly/1doza91)