Prioritizing Economic Prosperity
As Kevin travels the country visiting his 145 offices he sees firsthand the growth and momentum many of the other states are experiencing. Last year Oklahoma had -3% GDP growth. Our state faced a $900 million budget deficit in 2017. Too many of our children and grandchildren are leaving the state for better opportunities and Kevin refuses to sit back and let this continue. He will promote economic development and investment across the entire state.
Reforming Our Education System
Oklahoma leads the nation in cuts to education funding. Our teachers are underpaid and leaving the state in droves. Too much money fails to reach the classrooms and some school districts have resorted to four-day school weeks. Our leaders are failing our students, our families, and jeopardizing our future. Enough is enough. Kevin will prioritize students and funding for the classroom and invest in the teachers that make a difference every day. It’s time to restore respect to teachers!
Improving Our Infrastructure
Kevin knows our infrastructure needs immediate attention. Our economic future and the safety of our citizens are at stake. Budget holes and political gamesmanship have crippled maintenance and improvements in roads, bridges, dams and other vital infrastructure. We can no longer kick the can down the road. Kevin will implement a comprehensive, long-term infrastructure plan that provides solutions for our community and paves the way for the high level economic growth that Oklahoma needs.
Fostering a Healthy Oklahoma
State Medicaid spending is out of control. Since 2003, our Medicaid spending ballooned 194% from $714 million to $2.1 billion. No other area of the state budget grew as quickly forcing hospitals to cut core services. Kevin will fight to provide options to our families with quality healthcare while protecting our most vulnerable. For those that fall on hard times, Medicaid must be a trampoline, not a hammock. Kevin will put a stop to the fraud, waste and abuse to ensure the health and future of Oklahomans.
Common Sense Efficiency
Kevin knows the success of our state agencies shouldn’t be just about bigger budgets. To Kevin, success is consistently delivering core service to Oklahomans in a cost-effective, efficient manner. Without line-item budgeting, it’s impossible to know which agencies steward their resources well, which is why Kevin will fight for accountability and transparency. He will implement and standardize audits and hold each agency accountable for how our tax dollars are spent. Just like he’s done in the private sector the last 17 years.