WE MUST MAKE OKLAHOMA STRONG AGAIN.
Our great state is facing challenging times. These challenges have been triggered by many different things but through hard work and a strong focus on key areas we can return Oklahoma to the strength we once enjoyed.
As Lieutenant Governor, Eddie Fields will enter into a contract with the people of Oklahoma to restore our state’s greatness.
EDDIE’S PLEDGE TO THE PEOPLE OF OKLAHOMA INCLUDES:
RESTORING K-12 EDUCATION
We cannot hide our heads in the sand and deny that our education system is in need of significant help. With teachers fleeing and Texas brazenly poaching our best teachers we must act. This starts with an across the board pay increase of $5,000 for teachers. Just like in the private sector we must offer competitive wages to attract the most talented workers. We also must ensure that the investment of billions of dollars we spend each year on education is actually spent in the classroom. Finally, I am calling for a full freeze on administrative hiring for two years.
WORKING TIRELESSLY TO MODERNIZE THE STATE ECONOMY
As Lieutenant Governor, Eddie Fields will be a tireless promoter and advocate for the hardworking men and women of Oklahoma. This means travelling to other states, visiting with business leaders and encouraging their relocation to Oklahoma. In order for Oklahoma to be strong again we must recruit new businesses and incentivize long-term investment which will create new, good-paying jobs.
ADVOCATING FOR OKLAHOMA’S SENIOR CITIZENS
As Lieutenant Governor, Eddie will work to establish an internal Office of Aging to advocate for senior Oklahomans, ensuring they, too, have a voice in dealing with the unique problems and challenges that arise during our golden years. This will help cut through the confusing and cumbersome processes to gain access to the essential services we need, including easier access to health care. Eddie will also place a greater focus on cracking down on elder abuse in nursing homes and making it easier for people to file complaints.
MAKING STATE GOVERNMENT WORK FOR YOU
Government should work for you, not the other way around. No citizen should be a servant – or a victim – of the government. As Lieutenant Governor, Eddie will use his office to be an advocate for Oklahomans to cut through bureaucratic red tape, get their questions answered and make sure the problems they have are adequately addressed.
LEADING THE EFFORT TO FIX OKLAHOMA’S TAX SYSTEM
It is 2018 not 1907, Oklahoma’s tax code was written for an economy that no longer exists. It absolutely must be modernized. The state tax code does not work sufficiently with our modern, service-based economy. By broadening our tax base, we can simplify our tax code and establish a tax system that actually benefits hardworking Oklahomans. You shouldn’t have to spend hours and pay hundreds of dollars to pay taxes on money that you earned and know how to better spend that money than government bureaucrats.
CUTTING OVERLY BURDENSOME RULES AND REGULATIONS
When government bureaucrats make up too many complicated regulations to help justify their jobs, it harms the economy and wastes the money of Oklahoma small businesses. As Lieutenant Governor, Eddie will take a sharp knife to harmful and burdensome regulations and get them off the books. He will oversee an annual review of all rules on Oklahoma businesses and work to rid our state of those that are holding us back. He will also push for establish a sunshine rule that requires all legislation to be brought up for review four years after it is passed into law. This will allow Oklahoma to more effectively track our laws and eliminate those that are duplicative or are no longer necessary.
SERVING AS YOUR VOICE TO THE LEGISLATURE AND CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
As Lieutenant Governor, Eddie will be your advocate to the state Legislature. He will advocate for solutions to our state’s problems and be highly engaged in the legislative process to ensure our voices are heard. He will also keep in close contact with our state’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. to make sure the concerns of Oklahomans are given appropriate attention and that they can make more informed decisions when voting on legislation.