Together, We Will Move
We must make Oklahoma a better place to raise our children by improving education and making healthcare more affordable. To do this, we must create a budget that is fair to small businesses and small farms while still creating revenue to fund core services.
A Message From Jennie
Although I attended college and started my career in Atlanta, I was so excited when we moved back home. I wanted my family to grow up with the same experiences I was so fortunate to have.
I love Oklahoma. I love the people who drop everything to help a neighbor. I love the sunsets. I love the cows grazing and the wheat waving on my drive home each day. I love the schools that teach manners as well as math. I am so proud to call Oklahoma home.
I am committed to preserving who we are as Oklahomans while ensuring that our policies work for everyone who calls this state home. I want Oklahoma to be a great place for my children’s children. Please join me!
For Immediate Release: 10/9/2018
Jennie Scott for HD41
In a recent study by the Prison Policy Initiative, Oklahoma was found to be the number one incarcerator not only in the United States of America, but in the world. Yes, the world. The average for the US was 698 prisoners out of every 100,000 citizens. The country that came in at number two was El Salvador with 614 prisoners out of every 100,000 citizens. Oklahoma’s rate? 1,079 prisoners out of every 100,000 citizens. That is roughly 43,000 prisoners in Oklahoma- almost 2% of our entire population (sources: US Census, Prison Policy Initiative State Incarceration Index 2018)! We spend an average of $19,000 a year per prisoner. That’s $817 MILLION per year! No wonder we have a budget crisis!
Now, I know I threw a lot of numbers at you at the start, but hear me out about my solution. First, we must get rid of private prisons. Private prisons profit when lives fall apart. Making money off of the misery of others is morally wrong. Furthermore, these private companies are being paid by the state using taxpayer money. They then use part of the profits to lobby for harsher sentencing, which in turn lines their businesses’ pockets. We must discontinue the funneling of our money into this morally bankrupt system and pursue fiscally responsible solutions.
Most importantly, though, we need to intervene earlier and seek programs that keep people out of prison. It seems we witness tragedy after tragedy and frequently say we need stronger mental health programs. I want to make this happen. If we really want a safer state, we must invest in mental health services in the schools and in the community at large. We need stronger and trusted commitments from our elected leadership in making mental health and addiction services available (and most importantly, affordable) to those who want it.
For Immediate Release: 10/6/18
Jennie Scott for HD41
State of Our Schools
Hello friends and neighbors!
My name is Jennie Scott and I am running for State Representative in HD41. This district is made up of parts of Yukon, Edmond, Piedmont and Enid.
We live in a time of sound bytes. That’s why I’m going to be writing pieces like this from now until Election Day. My hope is that by speaking to you directly about issues that face our state, you will get to know me a little bit better. I’ll also be posting them on my Facebook page, Jennie Scott for 41. I hope to connect with you through these articles and on the doors in the coming weeks!
My first topic is Teacher Walkout. This past April brought to light how neglected Oklahoma students and teachers have been for the past ten years. Many tried to spin this as teachers wanting raises for themselves, but it is so much more than that. Most teachers “get by” because they are living in two-income households or they are working multiple jobs. This is especially problematic when we consider that they are required to complete a four-year degree program and pass certification tests. Compared to professions that require the same amount of coursework, educators make 20% less (10% when adjusted for benefits). As the increasing teacher shortage demonstrates, Oklahoma graduates are simply not interested in pursuing a career which does not compensate enough in earnings to offset the cost of the coursework.
What can be done? I propose the following solution: create a program that allows teachers in Oklahoma to work off their student loans by teaching at a public institution. If the state were to pay off $2,000 per year for every college-educated teacher who remains in Oklahoma, we could offer a powerful incentive for educators to commit to ten years in the state. A common sense approach like this would be cost effective for Oklahoma, while simultaneously providing a significant benefit to teachers.
There will be details to has out and this will not be a “cure all” for what ails Oklahoma Education. But it’s a different idea, and that’s what I’m offering you, House District 41, a difference. Education, whether K-12, college, or tech school, shouldn’t divide us as Oklahomans, but unite us behind our future. If elected, I will work with everyone who wants the best for HD41, Oklahomans, and our families. It’s important to me that your voice is not only heard, but considered.
Thank you for your time today, and check out my website: www.jenniescottfor41.com! Have a question or comment? I’d love to hear from you!
My name is Jennie Scott, and I am asking for your vote on November 6th, 2018.