An Oklahoma for Everyone
As State Representative, Michael will work to build a more equitable Oklahoma on a variety of fronts.
In order to allow greater access and convenience to Oklahomans, Michael will work to implement automatic voter registration, a policy already adopted by 11 states and the District of Columbia. This process increases convenience for voters and is an effective tool against voter fraud while lowering costs. (For example, Delaware saved over $200,000 in the first year of automatic registration alone.)
With state services seriously impacted by over a decade of budget cuts, Michael will fight for a budget that is fair to all Oklahomans. Corporate welfare and giveaways to special interests have bled state for too long, and a long-outdated tax code is due to be revised to reflect the realities of a 21st Century economy. Michael will champion an Oklahoma that puts the needs of working families over lobbyists.
As a state with dangerously overcrowded prisons and the notorious reputation for incarcerating more women than any other, Oklahoma’s criminal justice system is in dire need of overhaul. There are signs of progress on this front in the legislature now, and Michael will work across the aisle to continue these needed reforms. Michael supports the implementation of reforms to sentencing and parole for nonviolent offenses and the use of drug courts to alleviate some of the burden on the system.
Michael is an adamant supporter of the expansion of 21st century services to the people of Oklahoma, most notably increased access to high-speed internet. Much like the Rural Electrification projects of the 1930s, high speed internet will bring a needed leap into the future and increase opportunities for businesses, schools, and homes. Michael will work to make Oklahoma competitive for Federal funds in order to help offset initial costs and, when possible, work to create strategic partnerships to provide this utility.