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MyRA: New options for working Oklahomans

During the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama announced a new savings initiative, appropriately titled ‘MyRA’.  Created by executive order, the MyRA is a simple retirement savings account that will be available (after an initial pilot period) to many workers through their employers.

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Quote of the Day 4/2/2014

We know of one Oklahoma district that is using history textbooks that name Frank Keating as the Governor of Oklahoma. That’s more than a decade outdated.
-KFOR reporter Sarah Stewart, who also found Oklahoma schools are using textbooks held together with duct tape and missing covers (Source: http://bit.ly/1opzUVR)
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In The Know: After Monday teacher rally, Senate panel proceeds with income tax cut bill

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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7,040,000

The number of Americans enrolled in health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace by March 31.
Source: The White House via The Los Angeles Times
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Quote of the Day 4/1/2014

Lawmakers are considering automatic tax cuts that would be triggered whenever revenue grows modestly. But we need a better trigger. How about no more income tax cuts until per-pupil funding climbs back to where it was in 2008? How about no tax cut until our teacher salaries are no longer among the lowest? How about no tax cut until our students are no longer being taught from outdated textbooks? How about no tax cut until our college graduation rate reaches the national average? The message from Oklahomans is clear: “Don’t cut our taxes until you fund the services we need.”

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In The Know: Rally for school funding draws 25,000 to Capitol

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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-0.3 percent

The change in Oklahoma’s unemployment rate from February 2013 to February 2014, the 45th smallest decrease in the nation.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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With the right choices, we can restore education funding

These are the prepared remarks delivered by David Blatt at the Oklahoma Education Rally on March 31st
It’s amazing to see such a huge crowd standing up for public education and Oklahoma’s children. Thank you all for being here.

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Quote of the Day 3/31/3014

When we go to career fairs, especially at big universities, you can watch where graduates are going. They’re going to the districts and states that pay more. We joke about Texas, but Texas takes a lot of students away from here because their starting pay is almost $10,000 more per year.
-Ken Calhoun, Executive Director of Human Capital for Tulsa Public Schools, who said they are struggling to find enough teacher applicants due to the low pay in Oklahoma (Source: http://bit.ly/1ohFAkJ

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