On The Issues
HOW I VOTE
It would be futile for me to try to predict all of the issues I may face, nor can I tell you how I will vote on every piece of legislation until I have a chance to actually read it. However, I can enlighten you as to my deliberative process when deciding whether or not to vote in favor of any legislation. In order for me vote in favor of a bill, it must pass the following criteria:
– Is the bill in harmony with the U.S. Constitution (Answer must be YES)
– Is the bill in harmony with Idaho’s Constitution (Answer must be YES)
– Does the bill expand the size or scope of Government (Answer must be NO)
– Does the bill limit personal rights (Answer must be NO)
– Does the bill give a group an advantage over another (Answer must be NO)
– Is the bill necessary, and does it solve a problem (Answer must be YES)
– Is the bill “the right thing to do” (Answer must be YES)
Agriculture has always played an important role in Idaho’s economy and in her way of life. Our farmers and ranchers provide one of life’s most basic essentials, food. But equally important, farmers and ranchers provide a way of life that helps define Idaho. Our agricultural community knows how important it is to protect and preserve our natural resources and the environment for future generations.
The constitution is not a “living entity.” I believe that it was an inspired document and represents the best form of government existing on earth today. The founders understood that times and situations would change and provided a constitutional means to address them as they arise. The process to address necessary changes does NOT lie with the courts. The courts cannot and should not be able to change our Constitution nor enact new laws. I will always defend the Constitution.
ECONOMY / JOB GROWTH
A vibrant and diverse economy is essential to a prosperous Idaho. There are those that believe that Idaho needs to incentivize businesses to locate in Idaho. But I believe that it is more important to have the following:
– Low and Predictable Tax Rates
– Regulatory Environment that Encourages not Punishes Businesses
– Well Educated and Trained Workforce
– Exceptional Infrastructure
– Quality of Life that Idahoans Have Grown to Love and Expect
I have a proven record of conservative economic principles and I am proud to have the endorsement of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.
Very few functions of government are mandated by Idaho’s Constitution, but education is one of them. Our Constitution states: “The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.”
Knowing this, I find it unfortunate that school districts have felt it necessary to go to the tax payers every year or two to ask for more funding to support our educational needs through bonds and levies. It isn’t fair to the schools or to the tax payers. Part of the problem with our education budget is in regards to how the money is allocated. West Ada School District gets less money per student than just about any other district in the State and the Kuna School District doesn’t receive much more per student either. The fact is Idaho spends a greater percentage of its budget on education than just about any other state in the country. The real problem is that we don’t have enough funds to go around. Instead of solely focusing on how to properly fund schools with our limited budget, I will support legislation that will encourage job growth that will bring more money into the state. By encouraging and helping to grow our economy, we will be able to adequately fund our schools removing the need to ask taxes payers to agree to raises property taxes.
We are a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. The vast majority of our nation’s immigration problems stems from the fact that our current laws are not followed. Immigration can be a great thing, but only if we have clear defined policies in place that are actually followed. While in the legislature, I have voted to prevent Idaho from having “sanctuary cities,” and I will continue to support legislation that ensures that immigration laws are followed and do not favor one group over another.
PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT
Government should not get involved with things that individuals can do for themselves. The government does not exist to watch over every aspect of our lives. “Since no individual acting separately can lawfully use force to destroy the rights of others, does it not logically follow that the same principle also applies to the common force that is nothing more than the organized combination of the individual forces?” (The Law, Frederick Bastiat). I will work hard to reduce the size and scope of government and to limit its unnecessary influence on the lives of all Idahoans.
RIGHT TO LIFE / PRO-LIFE
I am a firm believer and supporter of the rights of the unborn. I am proud to have the endorsement of Idaho Chooses Life, and I will do everything I can to protect the rights of the unborn.
As an owner of numerous firearms, I am a firm believer in the right to not only OWN, but to also USE firearms for all legal activities such as hunting, recreation and self-protection. The second Amendment was not created to allow citizens to hunt only; or to limit citizens to only specific types of weapons. I will do everything in my power to protect the right of Idahoans to own and use whatever type of firearm they choose. I am proud to have an A+ rating from the NRA.
I believe that your money is actually yours— it is not the government’s. You earned it and should get to keep it. It is not the role of government to redistribute wealth from those that created jobs, and created wealth just to give it to those that did not. I do understand that taxes are a necessity of society; however I am a firmly believe that the government already takes enough of our money and needs to work on reducing the tax burden placed on individuals by eliminating unnecessary and wasteful programs. I have proposed and co-sponsored numerous tax relief bills, and. I have worked diligently to reduce the overall tax burden on Idahoans and will continue to fight for tax reduction.