Key Issues

 

"My teacher thought I was smarter than I was - so I was."  -Six-year-old

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. 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. 

 

                   

 


Education Funding

Adequate funding for supplies, textbooks, and technology is a critical need for all Oklahoma classrooms.    Last year the State Legislature made an excellent start in turning education funding around in our state.

Yet we still remain well below funding levels that date back to 2008.   We have 50,000 more students enrolled in our public education system.     We have more work to do.

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Access to Health Care

Expanding Medicaid to accept federal dollars will bring affordable health care coverage to over 160,000 uninsured Oklahomans, leading to a healthier workforce, jobs creation and grow our economy. 

 

                                 


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.

                                    


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.

 


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.


Mental Health in Tulsa County

1 in 7 Tulsa residents are living with mental illness, with a life expectancy that is 27 years shorter than their fellow Oklahomans. Those unable to afford adequate treatment and care often end up in Oklahoma jails and prisons, at an annual cost of $23,000 per person versus community-based treatment and outpatient care facilities at $2,000. Early intervention and prevention is the critical first step in working to reduce these alarming statistics. We can do better!


Social Equity

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.


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