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: 11/3/2018
Jennie Scott for HD41
Recently, in Sunday School, we were asked to ponder the question, “What are you willing to give up to be in relation with those who believe differently than you?” My immediate response: my moral high ground. I will admit to you that righteous anger drove me to file for office. When I moved back to this land I love, I was met with an opioid epidemic, underfunded schools, hospitals on the brink of closing, overcrowded prisons, and a dissatisfaction that has become palpable. I will also admit that I helped instigate the Teacher Walkout in Enid. I was bone tired at “making it work” and angry at being told “no” over and over again. When I saw teachers across the state unite, I had hope. But then we started talking to legislators. After two weeks of being ignored, talked down to, and even lied to, I decided I’d had enough. I knew my odds, but I decided to run anyway.
I love Oklahoma. At my grandmother’s Thanksgiving table, all were welcome. Growing up, I watched my mother and father quietly help fellow farmers, students and church members. It is that ingrained generous spirit I carry with me now. We are at a crossroads in which Oklahomans can continue to fight small battles with each other while the needs of the next generation fall on deaf ears. Or, we can rise, united in the same spirit of the Oklahoma Standard I know and love, working together for a state that we can be proud of.
I don’t want to make promises that I can’t keep. However, I can confidently say I will always vote with the everyday Oklahoman in mind. . And what I can promise is more important. I promise to be a listening ear, a faithful presence and a voice that initiates dialogue and works tirelessly to find solution that we can all live with. Over the course of two seasons, I have knocked thousands of doors. I have listened to stories, struggles, frustrations, and ideas. From this, my righteous anger has turned to determination. When I report to the Capitol in 2019 to create and vote on legislation, I will carry your voices with me.
My name is Jennie Scott. I’m a mom, a wife, a teacher, and an Oklahoman. On November 6th, I’m asking for your vote to be your next State Representative of House District 41.
Thank you and God Bless
For Immediate Release: 10/21/2018
Jennie Scott for HD41
Hand Up, not Hand Out
Hello again friends and neighbors!
In many of my discussions with constituents throughout the district, I heard the belief that any safety net services that the state offers needs to focus on helping individuals get back on their feet-a “hand up, not a hand out.” I agree! Safety nets should be temporary assistance that leads to independence! However,I would take this approach a step further. I would apply it to business as well. In my 20’s, I helped open two restaurants and I know first hand the difficulties faced when trying to start a business. Several new businesses do not see a profit in the first year. Offering tax incentives to help small businesses get started is a great way for the state to create economic prosperity. However, Oklahomans are being asked to take on the tax burden from multimillion dollar corporations that are anything but small. The latest report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission shows that only 2% of the state revenue comes from corporate sales tax! Tax breaks offered as a stimulus for growth should not only have reasonable time limits, but also regular reviews to ensure that the tax investments are bringing quality jobs to the state. Without these checks, regular Oklahomans are left footing very large bills.
While receiving seemingly unchecked tax breaks, many corporations create conditions that lead to their employees needing government assistance, either from low wages, lack of benefits, or both. If you work full time, you should be able to provide for yourself and your family. Corporations that claim millions in tax breaks but whose employees are still dependent on public assistance are double dipping into Oklahoma’s financial resources, and should be held accountable for this. When employees are able to afford their basic needs, their productivity goes up, sick days taken goes down, and overall well being is higher. This is why supporting wage transparency and tax accountability for all Oklahomans is a smart and responsible economic decision- it supports and protects the employers AND employees.
Like many of you, my story starts in a community and family built on hard work and faithfully attending to responsibilities. We were all taught that hard work and honesty produces good fruit. If you are willing to help yourself by doing everything in your abilities to do so, you should be able to receive a helping hand up when you need it.
For Immediate Release: 10/21/2018
Jennie Scott for HD41
Life and Death
I have spent many hundreds of hours talking to constituents about their lives. One complaint has come up again and again: we all wish we had better healthcare. From veterans receiving sub-par care from the VA, to senior citizens choosing between food and life saving medicine to mothers worrying about their children’s well being, it’s clear that Oklahomans are not getting the healthcare they deserve.
This fact became even more apparent on Thursday, October 11, when it was announced the Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center closed its doors.Forty more hospitals around the state are at risk of closing. 16.5% of Oklahomans are uninsured. These are working Oklahomans who fall through the cracks of too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough money to pay for private insurance. These Oklahomans cannot afford preventative care and only go to the emergency room when absolutely necessary. This drives up costs, as this care is often not reimbursed. Rural hospitals take the brunt of this burden. Now, in Pauls Valley, residents must drive an additional 20 miles to receive care, which will prove fatal in some emergencies.
The lack of insurance has devastating effects for the youngest Oklahomans as well. The infant mortality rate is 7.4 per 1,000 in Oklahoma, as opposed to the national average of 5.8 (source: CDC). Women without access to care are less likely to give birth to healthy children. Not accepting the Medicaid expansion is quite literally a life and death issue.
The good news: it’s not too late! If we accept the Medicaid expansion, the federal government will use tax money (money that we are already paying) to cover $900 million of the cost. Te state would be responsible for $100 million. While that sounds like a large price tag, consider how many jobs will be saved if hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and clinics around the state thrive. The jobs created will more than pay for the state’s portion through income taxes. More importantly, lives across Oklahoma will be saved. Let’s get health insurance premiums down and invest in our facilities across the state!