Why do I care?

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States
I have worked with children and in public schools for 41 years. I am committed to do everything I can do to help every child have an excellent public school education. I am also committed to the common good of the people of Oklahoma

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lets

I have seen signs around Broken Arrow for my opponent. Taking a deep breath, I have decided not to focus on his advertising.  Last time around we bought signs and tried to put them wherever his were and were constantly disappointed when ours disappeared.   This time, we are not going to focus on competition, but on his record and our hopes.

The largest employers in HD76 are public schools.   Brumbaugh has done nothing to help, but has harmed.  He authored an income tax cut bill, which would cut public school funding and would ignore all the cuts that have gone before.  Only the upper 1% would receive noticeable returns.  Tax cut legislators say that this will bring more money into the state, but they weren't legislators when this insanity began.  Oklahoma has had over a billion dollars cut from income taxes in the last  eight years....and every year those who pass the cuts say that more money will come to the state.  It hasn't and public services have being savaged by the cuts.

He voted for horse slaughter.

He authored and voted for a bill which would not allow municipalities to set their own pay scales.

He has the Koch brothers' bible, the ALEC book of laws, right on his desk to keep introducing legislation written from afar to hurt mainstream Oklahomans, such as voucher and charter school laws which would dismantle public education even more.

He does not have the best interests of children or the middle class in his sight.

It's time to put a teacher in the legislature.
- We want to actively dismantle tax exemptions for the few and put that money back into the state coffers where:

  • -Education funding would be restored to that of 2008.  
  • -We would invest in children who are hurting in dysfunctional families with more services to wrap around      those families to bring them up, instead of tearing them down.
  • -We would  pay prison guards more than Quik Trip employees.
  • -We  would pay our bills for public services before cutting taxes.  
  • -We would invest in more mental health services to get the mentally ill out of the prison system. 
  • - We want to invest in drug treatment programs to get people back on their feet to be functioning citizens



  • We also want public employees to have their retirement systems in tact without ALEC legislation to try to destroy them.
  • -We want to let towns and municipalities make their own decisions about their employees' pay and benefits.  
  •  We want to be a shining star state instead of one which lags at the bottom of comparison lists for supporting its citizens.

-We want to lift our citizens up to stand and thereby lift others up until we are all standing tall as a state.

                    Its time to put a teacher who cares in the legislature.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Thoughts and ponderings

It has been over a year since I have written anything for this blog.  One might think I have given up; given up on the issue of public education, given up on the future for today's children; given up on wanting to make a difference.  Not true.  I have been immersed in life instead of words,  but now I am back.

Public education and its teachers in Oklahoma are in serious trouble right now.  Bombarded from those who have some sort of resentment from their own public school experience, trashed from legislators who think that anyone who walks in off the street must be better than the education professionals who are working their tales off right now, dismissed by those who do not believe in the creed of common good which has made our country rise above all others.   It is also being diminished by those in its own ranks who try to push their own greatness while criticizing instead of lifting up others struggling.

 Legislators are trying to sabotage public service retirement plans.  Instead of guaranteed retirement plans, lawmakers want new employees to use plans based on the stock market, while those still working and close to retirement depend on new employees contributions.  Doesn't this put all the whole system on shaky ground?

 Prisons' and jails' populations are bulging.  Guards earn less than Quik Trip employees.  There are too many prisoners and not enough guards.  The mentally ill have huge populations in those facilities and have to be kept separate for safety sake.

The state has few options for the chronically mentally ill.

  Political rhetoric, chest thumping and cutting taxes is being echoed by lawmakers in Oklahoma City, while we the people are saying, "Wait a minute!"  How are the laws being pushed today going to help Oklahomans?

Another tax cut?   If roads and bridges were in great shape; if public schools were thriving; if public employees were making a livable wage; if the capitol was in great shape; if public employees retirement funds were stable; if Medicaid funding was stable; if.........
               Then it would be time for a tax cut.

http://togetherok.org/issues/protect-essential-revenues/

NOT NOW!  WE HAVE to INVEST in OKLAHOMA!



Here We Go!

Here we go!   Two years have passed.  My legislator has done nothing to help public schools, but instead has turned his back on them by authoring a bill to cut income taxes, even more.  We can't stand by and just complain.   So I am running again for HD 76!