- Bring teacher pay to at least regional average. We must make sure we properly pay our teachers and inspire more to stay in Oklahoma.
- Bring student investment dollars (money in the classroom) to at least regional average. With class sizes increasing every year, we must be able to increase the amount of teachers and teacher aids in the classroom, along with the resources they need.
- Push for STEM programs to be introduced in Kindergarten across the state. States around us like Arkansas are ahead of us in STEM education programs, and we must catch up if we are to entice the next generation of companies to stay or move their companies to Oklahoma.
Small Business Advocate:
- On day one, ask the next governor to be placed back on the governor’s cabinet as the small business advocate to represent small businesses and entrepreneurs across all seventy-seven counties.
- Use the Lt. Governor statewide platform to work on shrinking our skills gap through championing CareerTech. There are jobs open today that could be filled today, but we don’t have the properly trained workforce to meet those job requirements.
- Work on partnerships to increase the amount of small business “accelerators” in this state. Other states have several of these programs that bring capital and investors for entrepreneurs with ideas to help them “accelerate” their businesses. We must catch up in this area so we can diversify our economy.
- Tourism is already the third largest industry in the state, but we’re just scratching the surface. We are losing valuable opportunities to talk about our amazing 200 lakes, rich tribal heritage, small town charm, and more miles of the most famous road in America. We can do better. The Lt. Governor serves as the Chairman of the Tourism Commission. On day one, I’ll work with the tourism department to put together a plan to help better sell Oklahoma to tourists, thereby creating recurring revenue for the state.
President of the State Senate:
- The next governor will need a strong lieutenant governor (who serves as the President of the State Senate) to help advance the plan to put our state on a better path. Besides having a statewide platform to sell the plan, Matt will use his relationships with the members of the senate to help guide legislation through the process and sell the results around the state.
- Matt is aware of the concerns voters have in the area of government accountability. Making sure routine audits are performed on every government agency in a timely manner, and, mandating agencies return to line-item budgeting or zero based budgeting practices will be a priority.
- Oklahoma has a family crisis, we have one of the highest populations of children in state custody. The Pinnell’s were foster parents for a number of years, and will be again in the future. Matt will use his statewide position to recruit more families to become foster parents; to stand in the gap while families are restored.