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24.6 percent

Percent of African-American children in Oklahoma who have asthma, more than twice the rates for white (7.9), Hispanic (7.5), or American Indian (10.3) children.
Source: Oklahoma Health Department
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In The Know: Oklahoma Senate, House leaders oppose education funding proposal

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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Weekly Wonk April 6, 2014

The 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 Know. Click here to subscribe to In The Know.

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Upcoming Event: Prof. Nick Carnes on “Who’s Keeping Working-Class Americans Out of Office?” at OU

On April 17, the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma will host Professor Nicholas Carnes for a free public lecture titled, “Who’s Keeping Working-Class Americans Out of Office? Political Gatekeepers and the Unequal Makeup of Government.” The lecture will begin at 7:00pm in the J.J. Rhyne Community Room, located in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma.

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Calling all college students! Apply for the 2014 Summer Policy Institute (SPI)

Oklahoma Policy Institute is excited to announce our second annual Summer Policy Institute (SPI) from August 3-6, 2014.
The SPI brings together over 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting and in-depth learning experience. SPI will offer participants a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders in the policy process, and prepare for their future studies and work in public policy-related fields.

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In The Know: Oklahoma tax collections increase in March

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 4/4/2014

For the average person and the average kid (athletics) should be seen as a plan B. The purpose of this book is to change the paradigm … People ask, “What is your plan B if sports doesn’t work out?” They should be asking, “What is your plan A?” And sports should be your plan B. 
-Damario Solomon-Simmons, OK Policy’s legislative liaison who is also writing a book with the working title, “How the Sports Lottery is Destroying Black Communities” (Source:  http://bit.ly/1ja4Aot).

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$1,681

Average homeowners’ insurance rate in Oklahoma in March 2014. Oklahoma average annual insurance rates are the highest in the nation.
Source: HomeownersInsurance.com
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That’s a Whopper: Total revenue is a false measure of school funding

In making the case against additional funding for public schools, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) has recently asserted that “Oklahoma’s per-pupil revenues — – a whopping $12,206 in fiscal year 2013 — – are at record levels.”  The $12,206 figure has been cited in numerous

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Quote of the Day 4/3/2014

So now it doesn’t matter if you have a pre-existing condition; I’m not going to have to worry.
- Jim Curry, a Tulsa resident with diabetes who signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Curry estimates that he spent hundreds of dollars every month on diabetes supplies before he became insured (Source: http://bit.ly/1kqPJ8J).

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