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In The Know: Schools destroyed in Moore tornado on track to reopen for new school year

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 7/3/2014

“Oklahoma has done an exceptional job of creating high-quality preschool education and in this respect seems to be doing almost everything right—expanding access to large numbers, putting important quality measures in place so that students are taught by highly credentialed teachers, building some of the best facilities in the world in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Oklahoma should be a model for other states.”
-David Blatt, executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute (Source: http://bit.ly/1rbzaEb)

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123,000

The number of uninsured Oklahomans who would have health insurance by 2016 if Oklahoma accepts federal funds to extend coverage to low-income residents
Source: The Council of Economic Advisers.
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Quote of the Day 7/2/2014

“Not only is it cutting money — it’s also cutting independence for people like myself.”
-Aracely Baeza, a recent University of Oklahoma graduate who has congenital muscular dystrophy and depends on Medicaid to maintain her motorized wheelchair, speaking about Oklahoma’s cuts to the program even as the state is turning down billions in federal funds (Source: http://bit.ly/1rhTuUu)

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128

Number of painkiller prescriptions per 100 people in Oklahoma, the 5th highest rate in the nation.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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In The Know: Medicaid providers see almost 8 percent rate cut

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Why tracking school readiness matters (Guest Post: Krista Schumacher & Naneida Lazarte Alcalá)

Naneida Lazarte Alcalá is a Research Manager with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Oklahoma State University. Krista Schumacher is a Senior Researcher with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She is working on a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Oklahoma State University. Both are members of Scholars Strategy Network.

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In The Know: Oklahoma doctors and hospitals face sweeping Medicaid cuts

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 7/1/2014

“Removing the sales tax on gold and silver purchases shorts the state treasury from revenue for priorities such as schools, roads and public safety in an effort to pander to the gold bugs. … In fact, there is nothing special about gold and silver except that they are rare, coveted and historically associated with value. Their real value is merely as a superstitious hedge against economic catastrophe.”

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$572,500

Job creation incentive payments Chesapeake Energy is still eligible to collect this year from Oklahoma City, despite laying off more than 700 positions at its OKC headquarters.
Source: The Oklahoman
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