What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?
Better funding of state services is the most important thing that can be done to help. As a co-chair of the 25X25 Potts family foundation legislative caucus we met monthly to discuss ideas, legislation etc.
All wonderful and worthy ideas, all take money. I will continue to push for increased revenue streams to better fund core services, in particular ones that affect children as a statewide elected official.
What have you done to support children prior to this election?
My work with the Potts foundation as previously mentioned and my time as a vocal appropriations chairman calling for investment and better funding streams.
My number one bill this year was in this venue, the Senate bill I ran with Sen Kay Floyd to improve the state employee FMLA act, which indirectly helps children when mothers need to take off for them, and for maternity leave.
What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?
Continued calls for better funding and investment, a healthy wage and hour division for lower income families affected with disputes and not being able to pay their bills, licensure reform to ensure better access to jobs, safe conditions for wage earners that are often parents.