Our greatest natural resources in Oklahoma are our people. We see this every day when we step up to help each other during our times of greatest stress. We are not a rich state, yet we still pass regressive laws that benefit only the top 3%. How do we fix things? Restore gross production tax. Restore income tax brackets. Restore capital gains tax. Implement a hotel/motel tax.
My main issues:
- Education: Education is vital to everything we do. If we take care of that, all else will follow. Too many children are not completing high school. Those with a high school degree will earn about twice as much as those without. Funding must be found. We want our children to be productive, contributing members of society. They must be served in school. Providing not just adequate education, but quality education will move more people up the socioeconomic ladder by ensuring a working community,
- Criminal Justice Reform: Most inmates do not have a high school degree. The problems that led them to drop out led them to prison. The recidivism rate is much too high for these individuals. We have more women incarcerated than any other state. Oklahoma has more people incarcerated than any other nation in the world. We can do so many things to stop this progression. Let's educate, not incarcerate.
- Infrastructure: We want to feel safe on our roads and bridges. Too much money has shifted around leaving us with crumbling, unsafe bridges. We also need strong, and fully trained police and fire departments.
- Healthcare: I want affordable, accessible healthcare for everyone. Our rural areas are in desperate need of facilities. Fund SoonerCare.
- Mental health/substance abuse: Our facilities are underfunded and overcrowded. Funding these services aids the labor force and reduces prison population. The economic return for funding substance abuse programs is greater than the return on incarceration.
- Veterans- Our veterans are not being served through mental health or affordable health care. Let's make sure they are provided for in their retirement.