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Issue Position: Ron Sharp Issues

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What will be your No. 1 priority if you are elected to the Oklahoma Legislature?

To ensure true core functions of government are properly funded while also eliminating unnecessary spending as much as possible and reducing burdensome regulation. There are many programs that are well-intentioned, but they drain money away from our schools, roads and public safety programs to tackle problems the private sector is better equipped to handle. Government should focus on doing just a few things, and trying to do those things well, instead of being all things to all people.

Will you support or oppose Gov. Mary Fallin's efforts to reduce the Oklahoma State income tax rate in increments? Why?

To ensure true core functions of government are properly funded while also eliminating unnecessary spending as much as possible and reducing burdensome regulation. There are many programs that are well-intentioned, but they drain money away from our schools, roads and public safety programs to tackle problems the private sector is better equipped to handle. Government should focus on doing just a few things, and trying to do those things well, instead of being all things to all people.

I believe we must lower taxes to attract and retain businesses in Oklahoma. At both the federal level and here in the state, tax cuts have typically resulted in higher levels of revenue as rates have been reduced. If you want less of something, tax it, but if you want more of something, increase the after-tax reward. I want to see more businesses and jobs in Oklahoma, so I am willing to reduce the income tax in a responsible fashion that also allows the state to fund its true core functions. Especially in years when the state runs surpluses, some of that money should be returned to the citizens through tax cuts.

What is your opinion of the amount of time the Legislature spent on so-called social issues in the last session? Do you think that next year's Legislature should devote more time, less time or about the same amount of time to these issues?

Although social issues get a lot of press attention, the actual time spent on them in the Legislature is relatively minimal compared to all other issues. At most, you'll have a day here or there where a social issue takes up a few hours of debate -- but that's out of a four month session where a few thousand bills are filed and hundreds ultimately become law. When you consider the total amount of time spent on floor debate and in committee, only a small fraction is actually devoted to social issues. I am 100% pro-life and socially conservative, as are most Oklahomans, and do not think we should duck these issues because some people outside the state don't agree with us. This is a democracy, and the people's voice must be heard. That means socially conservative legislation should get a hearing in Oklahoma.

Why do you believe you are the most qualified candidate for the post you're seeking?

To ensure true core functions of government are properly funded while also eliminating unnecessary spending as much as possible and reducing burdensome regulation. There are many programs that are well-intentioned, but they drain money away from our schools, roads and public safety programs to tackle problems the private sector is better equipped to handle. Government should focus on doing just a few things, and trying to do those things well, instead of being all things to all people.

I believe we must lower taxes to attract and retain businesses in Oklahoma. At both the federal level and here in the state, tax cuts have typically resulted in higher levels of revenue as rates have been reduced. If you want less of something, tax it, but if you want more of something, increase the after-tax reward. I want to see more businesses and jobs in Oklahoma, so I am willing to reduce the income tax in a responsible fashion that also allows the state to fund its true core functions. Especially in years when the state runs surpluses, some of that money should be returned to the citizens through tax cuts.

Although social issues get a lot of press attention, the actual time spent on them in the Legislature is relatively minimal compared to all other issues. At most, you'll have a day here or there where a social issue takes up a few hours of debate -- but that's out of a four month session where a few thousand bills are filed and hundreds ultimately become law. When you consider the total amount of time spent on floor debate and in committee, only a small fraction is actually devoted to social issues. I am 100% pro-life and socially conservative, as are most Oklahomans, and do not think we should duck these issues because some people outside the state don't agree with us. This is a democracy, and the people's voice must be heard. That means socially conservative legislation should get a hearing in Oklahoma.

I've spent the last 38 years teaching at Shawnee High School, and educating local youth has given me great insight into the challenges facing area families. As a teacher, you come face to face with the very real problems that affect students and their families. That's something no one else in this race can match. As a Government and American History instructor, I also understand the vision of our nation's Founding Fathers and believe, like most Oklahomans, that our government can operate more efficiently and more economically. And as a successful coach, I know what it takes to get people to work together, and have the drive to succeed. For over 200 years the United States has stood as the bastion of freedom, capitalism, personal responsibility and liberty. I believe those principles remain as important today as at the time of our nation's founding, and those values will guide me as state senator.


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