For the Children:OICA Builds on 35 Years of Advocacy

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by OICA CEO Joe Dorman 

In 2018, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. Our mission, “Creating awareness, taking action and supporting policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children” is a role we take very seriously each and every day. We consider our advocacy to be a 24/7, all-year job: our work at the Capitol continues before, during and after the legislative session.

This certainly includes the current special session, where lawmakers are grappling with the task of producing a balanced budget that adequately funds children’s services. OICA and our grassroots network are actively communicating to legislators the importance of filling the current budget hole, a $200M shortfall created when a cigarette fee was ruled unconstitutional. Beyond that, however, we are encouraging them to look at other new revenue raising measures that would allow us to shore up core services in the future, rather than simply addressing today’s crisis.

 

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