OK Gov. Race 2018: Chris Powell (L)
Information from: http://www.powellforgovernor.com/
No one who works in Washington, D.C. or at 23rd & Lincoln knows your child, so why are they making decisions about the education of your child? Testing mandates and curriculum directives placed on your local school by self-interested politicians and bureaucrats demoralize teachers and harm children.
Family Law and Child Welfare
Oklahoma’s child protective services operate under a consent decree called the Pinnacle Plan that resulted from a class action lawsuit against the Dept. of Human Services. The plan was designed to improve outcomes for foster children and those at risk of being taken into state custody, yet we still have unacceptably high rates of children being removed from their homes, with wildly differing rates from county to county of initiated claims and substantiated claims of abuse or neglect. Additionally, we have a family court system that nearly everyone who finds themselves trapped within it considers to be arbitrary and capricious. Real reforms to fix both of these systems are necessary in order to strengthen Oklahoma families, starting with an assumption of 50/50 custody for both parents in cases of separation(barring a sound reason that one parent should not have custody) and with a realization that removing a child from their home is a trauma on top of trauma and should truly only occur when there is no other choice.
Despite the massive budget hole over the past several years, the Legislature has failed to reduce spending except in a handful of obviously necessary areas. Instead, they’ve chosen to allow across the board temporary spending cuts. There are hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits and subsidies for various special interests that could be eliminated, and numerous agencies that could be consolidated or done away with entirely. For instance, there are half a dozen state law enforcement agencies that could be consolidated into one entity.