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Democratic candidate for governor Drew Edmondon addresses the Positive Posse in Mustang on Tuesday. The state needs to address its low standing in education, health care
and prison populations, he said. Photo/Chris Eversole

Edmondson vows to fix dysfunctional government


By CHRIS EVERSOLE purposes is dysfunc- in funding for colleges ence,” he said. “It costs could help stabilize Linda (who is a social
Staff Writer tional.” and universities, he $3,000 to $5,000 for drug rural hospitals that go worker), on advocating
The state needs to said. and alcohol treatment, month-to-month with- for legislation to give
Drew Edmondson, raise revenue so it can As a result, high edu- and it costs $20,000 to out knowing if they people more choices
the Democratic candi- better fund education, cation enrollment is $30,000 a year to lock can meet payroll, he about their end of life
date for governor, said including giving teach- down, although the people up.” said. care.
Tuesday in Mustang ers additional pay number of high school Edmondson said he “Losing your hospital The vast majority of
that he would work to increases beyond the graduates is up. supports Medicaid is like losing your people want to spend
improve the state’s ones the Legislature “We’re pricing some expansion, which school,” he said. “A their last days at home
poor marks in educa- approved this year, he kids out of the mar- would bring federal dol- town can dry up and with adequate pain
tion, health care and said. ket,” Edmondson said. lars to the state to pro- blow away.” relief and with family
prison populations. “We don’t want to be He said he would vide health care for Edmondson also tout- members.
“It’s not a selling competing with work to reduce incar- working people who are ed his experience, However, the over-
point to be No. 1 or Arkansas for teachers,” ceration of people for just above the poverty which includes serving whelming number of
near it in these areas he said. “We want to be drug possession and line. for 16 years as people receive the oppo-
and in teen pregnan- competing with the those who are jailed as “Our tax dollars are Oklahoma’s attorney site – in a hospital,
cies,” he told those nation.” a result of mental going to other states general. without enough pain
attending Mustang’s “I want to see the day health problems – who that have opted into While president of relief and isolated,
Positive Posse session. that we’re recruiting make up 80 to 90 per- Medicaid expansion, he the National Edmondson said.
“I want to solve prob- teachers from Texas.” cent of the people said. Association of “Why aren’t people
lems for a government The most severe cuts imprisoned. The money from Attorneys General, he getting what they
that for all practical in education have come “It’s not rocket sci- Medicaid expansion worked with his wife, want,” he said.

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