OK Policy http://kwgs.org en A Detailed Preview of the Oklahoma Legislature's Upcoming Session with Noted Analyst David Blatt http://kwgs.org/post/detailed-preview-oklahoma-legislatures-upcoming-session-noted-analyst-david-blatt <p>The Oklahoma Legislature will convene for this year's session on Monday, February 3rd, at noon. Which issues, both greater and lesser, will our state's lawmakers be focused on throughout 2014? We explore that multi-faceted question on this edition of StudioTulsa; our guest is David Blatt, executive director of the OK Policy Institute, which is "a non-partisan independent policy think-tank" you can learn more about <a href="http://okpolicy.org/">here</a>. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:27:41 +0000 Rich Fisher 53714 at http://kwgs.org A Detailed Preview of the Oklahoma Legislature's Upcoming Session with Noted Analyst David Blatt New Report: "A Well-Educated Workforce Is Key to State Prosperity" http://kwgs.org/post/new-report-well-educated-workforce-key-state-prosperity <p>Our guest on this edition of ST is Peter Fisher, research director at the Iowa Policy Project, who co-wrote a <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/states-education-productivity-growth-foundations/">recently published paper</a>, "A Well-Educated Workforce Is Key to State Prosperity," for the Economic Analysis and Research Network. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:23:56 +0000 Rich Fisher 45584 at http://kwgs.org New Report: "A Well-Educated Workforce Is Key to State Prosperity" A Discussion of Both Tax-Cut Plans Now on the Table in the Oklahoma State Legislature http://kwgs.org/post/discussion-both-tax-cut-plans-now-table-oklahoma-state-legislature <p>While the debate in Washington, amid these dreaded days of "sequestration," is about whether to increase revenues or cut spending --- or somehow achieve a compromise that does both --- here in Oklahoma, the state legislature is (once again) looking to reduce tax revenues. This comes despite the fact that our state currently has a number of extremely pressing needs vis a vis education, DHS, corrections, and infrastructure --- as well as, of course, the long-term and likewise urgent problem of pension liabilities. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:59:41 +0000 Rich Fisher 35327 at http://kwgs.org A Discussion of Both Tax-Cut Plans Now on the Table in the Oklahoma State Legislature Gov. Fallin Declines the Expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma: A Reaction from the OK Policy Institute http://kwgs.org/post/gov-fallin-declines-expansion-medicaid-oklahoma-reaction-ok-policy-institute <p>On this installment of ST, we are discussing Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's recent decision not to join the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:03:52 +0000 Rich Fisher 29930 at http://kwgs.org Gov. Fallin Declines the Expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma: A Reaction from the OK Policy Institute Economics, Electoral Politics, and Elevated Real Estate Values: A Chat with Matthew Yglesias http://kwgs.org/post/economics-electoral-politics-and-elevated-real-estate-values-chat-matthew-yglesias <p>On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with Matthew Yglesias, one of the nation's most widely-read political bloggers and columnists. Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate in Washington, DC, where he writes the Moneybox blog. He was previously a fellow at the Center for American Progress, an associate editor at The Atlantic, and a staff writer for the American Prospect. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:24:54 +0000 Rich Fisher 26774 at http://kwgs.org Economics, Electoral Politics, and Elevated Real Estate Values: A Chat with Matthew Yglesias At the End of the Oklahoma Legislature's 2011-2012 Session, We Offer a Postgame with David Blatt http://kwgs.org/post/end-oklahoma-legislatures-2011-2012-session-we-offer-postgame-david-blatt <p>The second regular session of the 53rd Oklahoma Legislature (2011-2012) was recently adjourned. (The state legislature will convene for its first regular session of the 54th Oklahoma Legislature [2013-2014] on January 8th, 2013.) With the session now over, many citizens are wondering why the legislature DIDN&#39;T adopt a tax-cut plan. Wasn&#39;t this the oft-repeated aim of the GOP-controlled House, Senate, and Governor&#39;s Mansion? Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:02:22 +0000 Rich Fisher 20064 at http://kwgs.org At the End of the Oklahoma Legislature's 2011-2012 Session, We Offer a Postgame with David Blatt