- Student Loan Borrower Protections
- Stopped Abuse of Education Dollars
- Streamlining of Teacher training
- Increasing Stability for Law Enforcement jobs
- Health and Mental Health Care: Cost transparency for common procedures
- Constituent Services: Support for issues with state agencies, driver's licenses, car tags, tax mistakes, unemployment problems, disability services, local landlord and tenant issues
Restoring the Teacher Pipeline
Our teacher shortage crisis continues to deepen, and will get worse as teachers who have held off retiring begin to leave over the next 1-2 years. 17% of the teachers in our state are eligible to retire now, today. We must restore the teacher pipeline through our universities, who are experiencing a drop in enrollment. Studies across the nation clearly demonstrate that the best teachers for our children are those university trained professionals.
Access to Health Care
The charge to ending surprise medical billing has begun, but there is still much work to do.
Supporting Small Business
Small businesses make America. Easy to understand tax laws, as well as support for funding entrepreneurs and start-up companies, are critical. Recovery from the pandemic has begun and is in full force, but we must continue to encourage and support Green Country start-ups big and small!
Accountability for abuse of taxpayer dollars used for education was a focus for 2021 and 2022. I am proud to say I have been a part of holding private companies responsible for education dollars they have hidden and misused. We have put guardrails in so those companies will not take advantage of money that belongs to the taxpayer. We will need to remain vigilant in our pursuit to have those funds returned, and to ensure
Adequate funding for supplies, textbooks, and technology is a critical need for all Oklahoma classrooms. Last session the State Legislature made an excellent start in turning education funding around in our state. We must protect this budget in the coming year, and ensure that we spend those funds in the most efficient and effective way, and special interest must be shown the door.
Criminal Justice Reform
Many defendants who have served their time in jail spend the next several years paying off fines and fees incurred while incarcerated. They often have to make tough choices between providing for their families or paying off these fees, which often lands them back in the system. We can do better. We should:
- Disclose to defendants the total amount of fines, costs and fees before they accept a plea deal.
- Determine the defendant's ability to pay, and offer community service in lieu of fees if they are not able.
- Bail reform that is fair and feasible for defendants.
Discrimination in any form is not acceptable. All voices matter and have merit. Opinions, lifestyles, and backgrounds may differ, but working together to find common ground unites us as one.
Quality of Living and Workplace
Oklahomans have the right to earn a fair living wage that allows them to invest in a secure retirement while still putting food on their table each day and night.
School Choice is the right of every parent. With our tax dollars, we must demand transparency in spending as well as equal access for all in every public school setting, be it charter, virtual charter or brick and mortar. Parent choice is alive and well in our public schools, serving over 700,000 students and their families across the state. Every child deserves the same fair access in the setting that suits them best. (Read More)