State Senate

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robertfounds.com
Email Robert Founds
(918) 779-8022
303 E. Washington
Bixby, OK 74008

Occupation

District Manager

Education

High School and 26 yrs in the same business

Professional Experience

26 years in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Currently managing a district for Tankersley Foodservice covering most of Oklahoma generating 20 to 30 million dollars annually.

3 Questions

I think rolling back the corporate tax reductions as well as looking closely at the corporate incentives we are offering (with a scalpel not a hatchet) is a great start, I also firmly believe that just the action of adding balance back to our legislation will help keep the distraction bills from even being introduced and therefore a focus on the real issues would commence once again.
I will support the funding of them and I will oppose all of the many attempts to defund or subvert funding to them. I also support 779 as an emergency situation to help keep good teachers here in our state. I will also look to new revenue streams and what is working in the states that rank the highest.
I would like to see us rethink how we deal with non violent marijuana offenders as well as strictly move away from any for profit prison activities. The main step is making sure we fund our public schools so that we avoid incarcerating people in the first place. We currently spend $6-7 per child per day to educate them and $42-67 per day to incarcerate them afterwords.

joenewhouse.com
Email Joe Newhouse
10026-A S. Mingo Rd
Suite 163
Tulsa, OK 74133

Occupation

Real Estate Broker & Owner

Education

  • MA in Organizational Leadership: Chapman University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • BS in International Economics: Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Exchange student in Germany during senior year in high school
  • Broken Arrow Public Schools K-12

Professional Experience

  • Real estate broker & owner (5 yrs)
  • Navy jet pilot & instructor (10 yrs)
  • Aide to Rep. Jim Bridenstine (3 yrs part-time)
  • Navy Reservist & Advisor to NATO (6 yrs part-time)
  • Economics Consultant at BatesWhite (Washington, DC) (1 yr)

3 Questions

Oklahoma can close the budget gap by reforming existing corporate tax incentives and streamlining duplicative government administrative functions; we do NOT need to raise taxes. Oklahoma’s staggering $2B per year business tax incentive program consists of tax credits, rebates, and exemptions. In 2010 businesses received $356M in tax credits. Just four years later that number more than doubled to $760M! Of the $89M that was rebated through the Quality Jobs Program, $4M was directed to the OKC Thunder. As an economist I want to ensure that we carefully analyze business tax incentives and, very importantly, apply sunset provisions with measurable outcomes. As such, I support the charter of the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission, which is analyzing $475M of business tax incentives. I look forward to working with the OIEC in order to continue strategic, productive efforts and eliminate or reform the initiatives that did not work out as incepted. As your State Senator and tax dollar fiduciary, I want to ensure that we responsibly balance the budget with long term, sustainable practices. I want to continue out-going Senator Mike Mazzei’s efforts to reform the way business tax incentives are granted, monitored, and reconsidered.
I support increasing teacher salaries without raising taxes. Increasing teacher pay by $3,000 would help fix our statewide teacher shortage, which is a critical component in providing quality public education. Coupled with existing benefits and Oklahoma’s low cost of living, our overall compensation package would be very competitive. I do NOT support SQ 779: the David Boren Sales Tax, which would make OK the highest sales tax state in the US! It would hurt our retail business owners, seniors on a fixed pension, and struggling families as it is a regressive tax. Shoppers would be more inclined to purchase online to avoid paying any sales tax at all, and cities would suffer as they rely on sales taxes themselves for funding. My plan to fund teacher compensation increases comes in large part through reform of existing government appropriations and incentive programs, such as the careening $2B per year business tax incentive program. While some incentives are helpful in promoting strategic industries, others have resulted in waste. For every $50M that we can glean from wasteful outlays, we can raise teacher salaries by $1,000. My plan targets $150M in waste that can be translated into an immediate teacher pay raise of $3,000.
As a combat veteran and avid law enforcement supporter, I am committed to providing our citizens a safe place to live. Public safety is a core function of government and should not be diluted. At the same time and speaking as a business owner, I continually seek greater efficiencies and solving problems in the most cost effective manner. As such I believe that we can continue to keep Oklahoma a safe place to raise a family all while: lowering corrections costs, maintaining low recidivism rates, and rehabilitating perpetrators into tax-contributing citizens. As your State Senator I will accelerate the ongoing criminal justice reform momentum by: 1. Working to expand alternative programs, such as drug courts and veterans treatment courts, which offer uniquely tailored rehabilitation paths for non-violent offenders instead of placing them in already over-crowded prisons; 2. Expanding the Justice Safety Valve Act, which grants judges extra leeway when it comes to mandatory sentencing for non-violent offenses, as long as certain criteria are met; 3. Increasing support for mental health treatment programs.

nathandahm.com
Email Nathan Dahm
PO Box 2323
Broken Arrow, OK 74013

Information

Candidate Did Not Provide Answers to Survey

fobbsforsenate.com
Email Kimberly Fobbs
(918) 324-6034
5566 S. 79TH E. Pl
Suite C
Tulsa, OK 74145

Occupation

  • Small business owner
  • Public Servant
  • Education Advocate

Education

  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Texas at Austin

Professional Experience

Kimberly served as a management leader for Fortune 100 MetLife Insurance for over 16 years, followed by roles as Marketing Director and in Business Intelligence. She is currently a successful small business owner with her husband of nearly 30 years, Big Anthony’s BBQ, and Kimberly owns a small business marketing and consulting firm, the FCG Group.

3 Questions

I recommend we consider all sources of revenue generation. Specifically there are credible and bi-partisan solutions from the Oklahoma Policy Institute that can serve as a guideline. Both in practice and common sense, we must roll back the tax cuts in the face of our dire budget shortfall caused by foreseeable and catastrophic poor decisions from our Legislature leading to a systemic and concentrated erosion of revenue. Immediately to protect our elderly and vulnerable populations in our state with already unacceptably high poverty, under-employed and under-insured rates, we should accept federal dollars for Medicaid expansion. Our legislature does not object to Federal funds for natural disasters and roads and bridges, nor does it have a problem borrowing against off the top money. Why then does it refuse to accept monies that help every day working, middle class families? I advocate electing leaders with the integrity and fortitude to govern, not pander.
Given the recent budget proposal on the table as the legislative session ends, a failure to provide textbooks, remedial services for the most needy, and the list goes on, demonstrates our Legislature’s values are not aligned with the peoples’ checkbook and concerns. Current proposals are unacceptable and challenge as of the date of my survey response that we have not met our obligations and may require special session, the legislature having willfully cut Oklahoma’s education funding 8 consecutive years to decrease per pupil funding to the nation’s bottom in percent of cut decreases.The correlation between the lowest third of Oklahoma achieving college degrees and earning power to exceed poverty levels is clear. This is unacceptable and ending EOI exams does not go far enough.
There are many factors that impact incarceration and our budget problems will only increase the rate going up in the short term. Without funding adequate services for mental health, substance abuse and support of our Veterans, we are criminalizing more people in crisis who can otherwise be productive citizens and contributors. It is proven time and again that dollars invested in public education and human needs return positive tax dollars and infrastructure to our communities versus those spent on punitive efforts. We also have disparities in crime and punishment in certain communities and socio-economic levels. We must address these underlying root causes and then develop common sense legislation that respects the rights of all citizens.

Frank Grove (L) – District 35

1426 S Carson Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119

Candidate Did Not Provide Answers to Survey

Gary Stanislawski (R) – District 35

2992 E 78th St
Tulsa, OK 74136

Candidate Did Not Provide Answers to Survey

Shawn W. Ketcher (Ind) – District 37

21 N Union Ave
Tulsa, OK 74127

Candidate Did Not Provide Answers to Survey

Dan Newberry (R) – District 37

Email Dan Newberry
4823 S 81st W Ave
Tulsa, OK 74107

Candidate Did Not Provide Answers to Survey

Snow4OK.com
Email Lloyd Snow
(918) 949-0354
1544 Lakeside Ridge Dr
Sand Springs, OK 74063

Occupation

Superintendent of Sand Springs Public Schools

Education

The University of Oklahoma.

Professional Experience

36 Years as a Superintendent of Public Instruction.

3 Questions

The budget shortfall is a result of poor policies and economic decisions made by our legislature in recent years. Too many tax credits/subsidies for business/ industry, income tax reductions without appropriate safeguards, tax codes for multi-state corporations who pay little or even no tax,etc. I think we need a complete overhaul of our budgeting process and revenue streams that support government services for our citizens. Education, health, safety, and transportation continues to be underfunded placing our citizens and future generations at risk.
I would support sustainable and equitable funding streams for our public schools to ensure all children had the resources they need to do well in school. Failed leadership in Oklahoma City has put their future at risk. This could be done in multiple ways ranging from a surcharge on high-income households, removing or significantly decreasing tax credits to business that take our money out of our state, and a complete overhaul of the budgeting process in our state. Our teacher shortage catastrophe, larger class sizes, reductions of education programs and activities, 4 day weeks, is heartbreaking. We have to invest in public education and make it a priority for the State of Oklahoma.
We need to be smart on crime by investing in education, rehabilitation, and community services for at-risk citizens and families. Spending almost 3 times a year to incarcerate felons than Oklahoma failed to educate is “penny wise and pound foolish”.

daveforsenate.com
Email Dave Rader
8086 S Yale Ave #200
Tulsa, OK 74136

Occupation

Sales

Education

BSME - U of Tulsa - 1980

Professional Experience

  • Director of Marketing - Excellence Engineering,
    VP of Marketing - Pacer Energy
  • Marketing, Co-Offensive Coordinator - U of Mississippi
  • Account Rep - Linde Process Plants
  • Account Rep - Sem Materials
  • Offensive Coordinator - U of Alabama
  • Account Rep - Pinnacle Business Systems
  • Head Football Coach - U of Tulsa

3 Questions

Review of all tax incentives, as well as subsidies. Make sure resources are available and used to fullest in making certain ALL taxes are paid
Review processes and structure for unnecessary redundancies. Reduce the number of districts. Make available the ability to contribute to local school district via tax form/return.
There is a task force (for lack of a better term) studying this issue. From what I have learned of this group, we should follow their findings.

waldron4ok.com
Email John Waldron
533 S Erie Ave
Tulsa, OK 74112

Occupation

Educator, Booker T. Washington High School

Education

  • Bachelor’s in History, University of Virginia, 1990
  • Master’s in International Affairs, George Washington University, 1995

Professional Experience

I have taught social studies at Booker T. Washington High School since 1999. In that time, I’ve worked with thousands of students, parents, teachers and members of the Tulsa community. I am a past Tulsa Teacher of the Year, an Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Secondary Educator of the Year, and a recipient of the University of Tulsa Teacher Inspiration Prize.

3 Questions

We must begin by taking an honest, non-partisan look at every tax credit that is currently available. If the credits are not making a substantive impact in jobs or economic development, then they should be considered for elimination. I also believe that the budget process should be more open so that informed voices can guide the process, as well as allow time for legislators to read and provide input on how to best fund our state government. We must do better at funding our core services, specifically common education, health care, and infrastructure.
As a classroom teacher, I have first hand experience with the impacts of legislation on the students and teachers. As class sizes increase, number of teachers decrease, resources like textbooks, copies, and technology become scarce, we must have educators at the table informing decisions about education policy. I support efforts to reduce state mandated testing that take up precious teaching time. I will champion efforts to increase funding to common education in order to attract and retain high quality teachers. Supplemental programs to support reading sufficiency in early elementary education must also be a priority. As an educator, I know that a student cannot succeed without the foundations of reading. The state of public education in Oklahoma is in a bad place, but with educators, parents and legislators working together, we can create practical, effective reforms that will benefit students across the state.
Studies show a direct correlation to 3rd grade reading scores & long range planning for prisons. I believe the best long term solution to reducing the incarceration rates is providing a high quality education. High school graduates are less likely to commit crimes than high school drop outs. State Questions 780 & 781 provide a solid step forward in reducing incarceration rates as well. If passed, I believe we will see a real impact on these high rates. Oklahoma must also address mental health and its role in incarceration. The cost to the state to provide access to mental health counseling and prescriptions would be less than the cost of putting a mentally ill person in jail for crimes like drug possession. It would be a great benefit to Oklahoma to provide help to these people & keep them in the workforce. Tulsa’s Women in Recovery program is seeing incredible success at getting incarcerated women back to work & life. I also support the use of alternative sentencing programs like Drug Court and Veterans Court. These programs have shown great success at providing the assistance needed to provide real help to those who qualify and need it. Providing these services across the state would reduce the incarceration rates in Oklahoma.