Common Education

  • Teacher pay increase of at least $5,000 with recurring funding resource
    •  Additional long term goal of pay increase for longer serving teachers and high performing teachers
    • Reinstitute bonus program for nationally certified teachers 
  • Expand charter schools and the Education Scholarship Tax Credit program
  • Provide greater incentives for voluntary mergers of school administration
  • Modify academic performance ranking criteria and provide incentives for improvement

Finance and Budget

  • Reduce cost of special interest tax breaks
    • Eliminate zero emission facility tax credit in 2017
    • Initiate a comprehensive review of the tax code with the objective of lower rates, less loopholes, and a broadens base of taxpayers
  • Redirect "Off the top" revenues to the general appropriation process
    • Pause the $59,7M automatic increase to ROADS program
  • Initiate performance review of entire state government
    • Use private funds for cost
    • Require RFP process

Job Growth and Economy

  • Restructure tax code for lower rates and a broader base of taxpayers
    •  Eliminate the franchise tax and reduce corporate income tax rate to 5%
    • Reduce personal income tax rate to 4%
    • Eliminate income tax preferences and sales tax exemptions
  • Develop a tax incentive program to recruit doctors
    • Model the program after Aerospace Engineer incentive
    • Target new doctors graduating from OU and OSU
  • Fund the governor's quick action closing fund
    • Annual deposits of at least $1M
    • Improve specifications and reporting

Higher Education

  • Increase college degree completions
  • Innovate academic programs for the 21st Century economy
  • Promote online Education
  • Invest in workforce development
  • Require fiscal stability, affordability and efficiencies
  • Utilize and advance new technology

Transportation

  • The very successful ROADS Program should be maintained
  • As the deficient roads and bridges get repaired, a long term infrastructure plan should be developed for prioritizing economic growth
  • Financing road expenditures should shift from operations cash flow to financing from the capital markets
  • A long term lease of the Oklahoma turnpike system should be pursued to eliminate the current debt load and fund statewide infrastructure

Healthcare

  • Perform a Medicaid Audit for actual eligibility, federal compliance and services provided for those receiving Medicaid funds. (Note:  Arkansas performed one and discovered 120,000 people who had health care insurance were using Medicaid.)
  • Support greater transparency for consumers with state and federal mandates for the publishing of the net price of pharmaceuticals. 
  • Combat obesity, smoking, illicit drug use and teen pregnancy with incentives for primary care doctors to address these issues with greater reimbursement rates. (Note: Most major medical insurance companies won’t pay for obesity therapy and OHCA won’t pay for weight loss medicine.)
  • Support the new work, education, volunteer or looking-for-work requirement to receive Medicaid in Oklahoma. Time limits for assistance should be enforced with reasonable exceptions.
  • Develop incentive program to train and recruit doctors for urgent and family care in both urban and rural Oklahoma.
  • Request waivers from Health & Human Services Medicaid control/reporting structure in Oklahoma. (Punitive actions are still in effect from Obamacare.)

Public Safety

  • Provide sufficient funding for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to quickly graduate enough now troopers and agents to get force strength up to recommended levels.

  • Facilitate combination of public and private prison space to reduce Department of Corrections’ occupancy rate from the current 113%. Determine feasibility of repairing versus building facilities.

  • Thoroughly examine the December 2018 performance audits done by Alvarez and Marshal for the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections. Significant attention should be given to industry best practices and immediate legislation to implement recommendations.

  • Support and increase programs which fundamentally change a convicted criminal’s life and habits. Research shows that if a criminal is incarcerated and goes through a number of programs, such as halfway house placement, vocational training, anger management, AA, Courage to Change, and Prison Fellowship, his/her chances of returning to prison are significantly reduced. The legislature should produce a comprehensive 8 – 10 year strategy to reduce the burden on the current correctional system.  Licensing requirements for job entry should also be reviewed and adjusted as part of the overall plan.

  • Reduce the number of incarcerations by using diversion programs (drug court, mental health court, veteran’s court, community sentencing, Women in Recovery and Remerge). The advantages of diversion programs for non-violent offenders are:

    1.            High rate of success

    2.            They cost about $5,000/annually/person vs. $20,000/annually/person while in prison

    3.            Participants are held accountable

    4.            Keeps participants working and paying taxes, instead of being supported by tax dollars

    5.            The children of participants do not have to go into DHS