It is important that we all understand the problems, how we got here, and how we can fix it. As citizens of the state of Oklahoma it is our duty to resolve the problems that have been handed to us by our state legislature.
Quality education is a right, not a privilege
Elected officials should be held accountable for the budget issues
This campaign prioritizes rehabilitation over incarceration
We will fight against corporate influence in politics in Oklahoma
Public education is in a crisis as we see with the budget cuts, layoffs, and shortened school weeks statewide. These are not a result of lazy teachers or fiscal mismanagement by our school districts. These cuts are a direct result of the fiscal mismanagement and lack of economic foresight by the elected officials at the state Capitol. We need a change! As a public school teacher, Jacob has been on the frontlines of the war against teachers and public schools. He will fight vigorously to turn back the attacks made in the form of bills that support the privatization and deregulation of public education, and to ensure the education of our children is a priority every year.
Champion for Our Children
Jacob has championed causes to protect our children. He authored and passed HB 2734, “Lauren’s Law”, which is designed to help teach our young adults how to prevent sexual assault by teaching about consent and healthy relationships. Although “Lauren’s Law” passed off the House floor, it didn’t get signed into law. Jacob plans to continue working to pass this important legislation to help protect our children. Jacob is also a member of the bipartisan Early Childhood Legislative Caucus, the main goal of which is to build public and private coalitions to provide supports for children from birth to 8 years old, in order to reduce adverse childhood experiences. Providing robust supports to children in this age range has been proven to lessen mental health issues, childhood poverty and crime.
Small Business Incentives
Jacob is concerned with the amount of lip-service paid by many elected leaders who say they want to help support Main St., only to later support large out-of-state corporations. While there have been many tax incentives implemented at the Capitol to help bring businesses to our state, Jacob would like to see incentives for our local small businesses, which truly are the lifeblood of our communities, that will lead to sustainable economic growth.
After witnessing a death in the family attributed to long-term opioid usage, Jacob fully supported SQ 788, which legalized medical marijuana here in Oklahoma, and passed with 57% overall. As a member of the Medical Marijuana Working Group, he firmly believes in upholding the will of the people by implementing rules & regulations that reflect the spirit of SQ 788.
Oklahoma is currently dealing with a nearly $900 million budget shortfall this year. This shortfall has caused disastrous cuts to vital state funded programs such as DHS, hospitals and nursing homes, and public education. Although this is partially caused by lower prices in the oil and gas energy sectors, the majority of this economic crisis can be traced back to a lack of foresight and outright ignorance by our elected leaders of the problem. These problems will not be fixed by one party, and Jacob is willing to work together with both parties to find a long-term and equitable solution to our budget issues.
Criminal Justice Reform
The idea that somebody could go to jail for possession of drug paraphernalia is ridiculous. We need to spend tax dollars on reformation, not retention. And it will be a priority of mine to get private business out of our prisons.