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50.2%

Percentage of Oklahomans with “minimal fruit consumption”; the national average is 37.7%.
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health 
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Report examines growing cost of Quality Jobs program

The Quality Jobs Program is one of the largest business subsidies in Oklahoma. Quality Jobs spending has grown steadily in recent years, reaching $82.3 million in fiscal year 2014 even as most other state programs saw budget cuts. A new report from Oklahoma Policy Institute examines what’s behind the growth in Quality Jobs spending and whether it’s been a cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars.

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The ABCs of Oklahoma’s Promise

This post was written by OK Policy summer intern Rosie Nelson.  Rosie has an MA in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi and will begin a PhD program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education starting this fall.

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In The Know: Arguments heat up in lawsuit over oil and gas tax rate

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. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.

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Quote of the Day 7/28/2014

“Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. We are seeing more people — the working poor, the homeless, families with kids because school isn’t in session. (More) people are coming because it’s summer, and money gets tighter.”
- Meghann Ray, spokeswoman for Iron Gate, a soup kitchen and food pantry in downtown Tulsa (Source: http://bit.ly/1plcoqL)
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10,050,000

Bushels of soybeans produced by Oklahoma farmers in 2013.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture, National Agriculture Statistics Service.
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The Weekly Wonk July 27, 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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The OK Policy Podcast: Episode 1

Here’s the first episode of a new weekly podcast from OK Policy. This week, we share some of the most important Oklahoma headlines, bust some myths surrounding the migrant children at Fort Sill, and discuss one of the largest business subsidies in Oklahoma.

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In The Know: Records show same drugs used in botched OK, AZ executions

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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Quote of the Day 7/25/2014

“It’s really critical, and it’s hard to put a value on it. The doctors so often in abuse and neglect cases are able to look at the physical evidence, the injuries being presented, and be able from a medical perspective to determine whether the explanation going along with those injuries are even medically possible.”

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