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Invalidated appropriation leads to $6.7 million budget cut

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
The state’s new fiscal year began on July 1st with most state agencies funded slightly worse than they had originally expected.

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Ohio taxpayers provide jobs to Turkish immigrants through charter schools

A chain of 19 publicly funded Ohio charter schools, founded by Turkish immigrants, is taking the position that the United States lacks a qualified pool of math and science teachers and is importing perhaps hundreds of Turks to fill the void. The schools are run almost exclusively by persons of Turkish heritage, some of whom […]

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Lack of Education Investment Blocks Students’ Path to Success (Infographic)

The good folks at the N.C. Budget & Tax Center are out with a new information graphic this week detailing the roadblocks facing students on their way to a high-quality education. The graphic (below) follows students as they travel through the K-12 system toward a two- or four-year college degree, showing how budget choices by ...

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More advocates pan coal ash legislation

As this morning’s “Monday Numbers” make clear, the coal ash clean-up legislation making its way through the General Assembly falls short in numerous ways. This statement from the League of Conservation Voters expands on this conclusion: Legislative Watch: Not Good Enough on Coal Ash “We could and should have done better for the citizens of ...

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Investigating the Imaginary Thought Police

Earlier this year, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, abruptly abandoned a survey of Americans’ media information needs, which, despite its modest scope, would have provided crucial data for the FCC in its efforts to maintain viewpoint diversity in our increasingly concentrated media markets.

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Quote of the Day 7/7/2014

“The sad truth is that the state budget has become dependent on using one-time funds in good times and bad. Oklahoma’s economy has been expanding for more than three years, yet legislators tapped nearly $1 billion in nonrecurring revenues over that period — some appropriately so, but most not — to spend more than the amount certified.”
- Oklahoma state treasurer Ken Miller, speaking out against the overuse of one-time funds and cuts to recurring revenues in the state budget (Source: http://bit.ly/1jXUlT1)

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25 minutes

Average wait for emergency room patients in Oklahoma before they are seen by a doctor.
Source: ProPublica.
The post 25 minutes appeared first on Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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In The Know: Hearings for thousands of injured workers delayed

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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Drones 101 Presentation and Screening of Wounds of Waziristan in Barre

On Monday, July 14th from 6pm to 7:30pm join Central Vermont WILPF and the Peace & Justice Center at the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington Street in Barre for an evening of education and discussion centered on drones as a political and moral issue. The evening will begin with the Peace & Justice Center’s “Drones 101 Presentation” created by Lydia Bates and presented by Michaela Herrmann.

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Editorial: The time to reinstate teen voter preregistration is now

As the U.S. Department of Justice and several civil rights groups head to court in Winston-Salem to challenge North Carolina’s monster voting-law, the Charlotte Observer writes that it’s time to reinstate preregistering of teenage voters. Here’s more from the paper’s editorial board: This is what happens when politics and ideology overrule common sense. In their zeal ...

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