Sally’s List is a nonpartisan organization because we know far more issues unite us than divide us. We work with candidates–regardless of political party– who prioritize the needs of their communities over special interests. We want to see lawmakers collaborate across party lines and engage in productive, respectful dialogue.
Unfortunately, far too many Oklahoma legislators engage in vicious and hateful rhetoric while introducing extreme and blatantly unconstitutional bills. This hurts Oklahoma. It hurts our economy. It hurts our reputation. It hurts our people.
At Sally’s List, we reject the idea that this is how politics must work. Instead, we recruit and train leaders who fight to protect the well-being of all Oklahomans — regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. We need women who will rise above fiscally irresponsible political plays, women committed to placing the needs of everyday Oklahomans above corrupt special interests.
To attract business, improve the quality of life, and plan for the future we work with women who agree with our core issues:
A robust and well-funded public education system is critical to the future of our state. Simply put, we must invest in our public schools, our teachers, and our students. It does no good to merely hope that we are providing a quality education to Oklahoma’s children. We must guarantee parents that our schools will be able to prepare their children for a better life. Protecting public education is our obligation. This obligation extends from pre-k to higher education, including community college, vocational school, and our public university system. The students of Oklahoma must be prepared for a job market. A strong public education system drives a strong economy.
Another key component to a robust economy is a healthy workforce. Limited access to quality healthcare is a life-or-death reality many Oklahomans face. A person’s location or how much they earn should never be a deciding factor when it comes to the availability of quality health facilities or services. Access to health care extends beyond the doctor’s office. Complete health care includes education on nutrition and lifestyle, comprehensive sex education, addiction recovery, and mental wellness services. These important areas of overall health for Oklahomans are often neglected. In order for Oklahoma to thrive economically, adequate access to cumulative healthcare is a necessity.
Oklahoma must invest in policies that ensure a strong economy. When the state legislature supports bills that discriminate against gender, ability, race, religion, creed, or sexual orientation, it is detrimental to long and short-term economic growth. “You have to spend money to make money” is a more than just a saying; it’s a fact. Elected officials have an obligation to serve the best interests of their constituents, investing in programs and policies that are meant to help citizens become more financially secure. Unemployment, Workers’ comp and Human Services that focus on educating, re-training, and assisting Oklahomans in becoming fiscally independent is paramount for in a strong economy. The economy is not one- sided. If we want to provide economic and entrepreneurial opportunities for all Oklahomans, we must ensure that women have equal pay for equal work. Protecting women’s ability to provide for their families and ensuring the liberty to make their own way brings about a sustainable economic future for all Oklahomans.
Oklahoma is the number two overall incarcerator in the nation and the number one incarcerator of women in the world. The financial bind this has on Oklahoma has made the Department of Corrections dependent on private prisons. This costs, costing taxpayers even more, as the state pays private corporations to house our inmates. In 2015 alone, $92.7 million taxpayer dollars went to privately owned prisons. This level of incarceration and its expenditure in this state is unsustainable and irresponsible. We must invest in programs that will protect the citizens of Oklahoma while being considerate of the long-term repercussions that high incarceration rates create. Treating individuals with reasonable sentencing and increasing opportunities to fulfill one’s sentence in a community service fashion will reduce the state’s financial expenditures and keep families together. We cannot afford to continue down the current path. The criminal sentencing and justice system must evolve and meet the demands of a modern society. Locking up individuals for nonviolent or drug- related crimes destroy families, hurts our economy, and only increases the current mess that our Department of Corrections is facing.