On February 25, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will host Ann Trudgeon and Helen Kutz for their talk “Communicating Respectfully with People who have Disabilities” as part of its Policy & Practice lecture series. Trudgeon and Kutz will discuss methods to help overcome fears and insecurities in communicating with individuals with disabilities and to learn empowering language inclusive of individuals with disabilities.
The tax break was given over a period of time so they could experiment with horizontal drilling, and it worked. It has done a great job, but the period of experimentation is over. … The companies are coming to Oklahoma because the oil is in the ground.
-Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, who is co-authoring a bill to raise Oklahoma’s minimum teacher salaries and pay for it by reducing a tax break for horizontal drilling (Source: http://bit.ly/1mg9zZp)
The average Oklahoman would get just $29 from Governor Mary Fallin’s proposed income tax cut, while one-quarter of the total benefit would go to the wealthiest 1 percent of households, according to a new analysis prepared by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
At some point you have to realize that you have to have revenue; you have to pay for core services that our citizens depend on. You can’t continue to erode the revenue stream.
-State Treasurer Ken Miller (Source: http://bit.ly/1cwy5vc)… Read moreThe post Quote of the Day 2/13/2014 appeared first on Oklahoma Policy Institute.
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March 31st is about kids needing additional funding, less high-stakes testing, and more local control. Being funded at 2008 levels with more kids and higher fixed costs like fuel, electricity and water is simple math.
-Sand Springs Superintendent Lloyd Snow, on why Oklahoma school districts are cancelling class for students and teachers to attend an education rally at the state Capitol (Source: http://bit.ly/1m7gFiy)
Some of the highest poverty rates and least access to health care in Oklahoma can be found in the state’s rural counties. Recently, we asked a group of Oklahomans with longstanding expertise on rural issues to respond in 400 words to the following questions : Does Oklahoma need a different approach to fighting poverty in rural areas, compared to urban and suburban parts of the state?