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The Weekly Wonk July 13, 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 KnowClick here to subscribe to In The Know.

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Quote of the Day 7/11/2014

“They may have experienced abuse and other threats to their safety. They may have been trafficked or smuggled in. To allow images of their faces would compromise their safety and privacy.”
- Jesus Garcia, special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, explaining why reporters touring Fort Sill are forbidden from videoing, photographing, or interacting with the children (Source: http://bit.ly/1ooJeUl)

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In The Know: Another 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children may be placed at U.S. military bases

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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Number of organ and tissue transplants in Oklahoma in 2013. As of March 7, there are 897 Oklahomans on a waiting list for a transplant.
Source: LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma
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Providing essential resources to schools without the financial burden (Guest post: Sarah Julian)

Sarah Julian is the Director of Communications for the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC). On July 16, the OPSRC is hosting an open house for anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization. You can register at http://nwea.us/OkieEdOPSRC.

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Quote of the Day 7/10/2014

“We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. We cannot support the unfettered exchange of goods and ideas while building razor-wired walls that separate children from their parents. We cannot make America stronger and more prosperous by excluding tomorrow’s talent and industry.”
- Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating arguing in favor of compassionate immigration reform in the L.A. Times (Source: http://lat.ms/1lVRR7o)

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In The Know: Oklahoma City sees surge in low-wage jobs

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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Number of utility-scale wind turbines in Oklahoma as of 2013.
Source: American Wind Energy Association
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Insure Oklahoma extended – but we could do so much more

A rare bright spot in health care-related news came early last week with the announcement that Insure Oklahoma, a public-private partnership providing health insurance for some 18,500 low-income Oklahomans and their families, has been given permission by the federal government to continue operating for another year. 

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Quote of the Day 7/9/2014

“These are lifesaving services that hospitals and EMS providers provide to people without respect to their ability to pay or their insurance status. It’s a critical system for us to support.”
-Julie Cox-Kain, a deputy commissioner with the Oklahoma Health Department, speaking about the Legislature’s move to take $5 million from the state trauma care assistance revolving fund to balance this year’s budget (Source: http://bit.ly/1qj6SUP)

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