A thriving middle class doesn't happen by accident -- it's a combination of good jobs and good public policy that protects families.
Recent legislation has kept us from this ideal. In fact, one in four children in Oklahoma lives in poverty, and safety nets continue to shrink. State budget cuts in 2016 caused 77,000 people to lose mental health services, colleges and universities received a 16% cut resulting in dramatic tuition increases, and the earned income tax credit deduction was eliminated while an automatic tax rollback was allowed to stay in place.
At the same time, the local electric company has proposed a more regressive payment structure. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is currently deciding on OG&E's proposal to almost double the base rate of your electric bill and add a demand charge -- something no other publicly regulated utility in the United States has been allowed to do. To learn more about residential demand charges, click here!
And then there are the payday lenders. Oklahoma is the number one user of payday loans per capita in the United States. A 2012 Pew study found that more Oklahomans took out 17 such loans in one year than just one! To learn more about payday lending and take action, click here!
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