Fiscal Responsibility means understanding that we do not have endless funds to spend on any project that may be the current whim of politicals. We must show our citizens we are serious about our responsibilities by balancing our budget with preferential funding for Education. Governmental spending must decrease because the raising of taxes during a recession is unacceptable.
I will continue to stand for limited taxes and promote decreases in government spending.
Protect Individual Freedoms Guaranteed under Federal and State Constitutions
Important isuues like Eminent Domain must be carefully watched to make sure they are not used to take property for private profit instead of the public good. Making sure that Idaho's water is safe and kept in Idaho is a continuing issue that we must remain vigilant to maintain. I support Traditional Family Values which keep our families strong and Idaho's lifestyle vibrant.
I have voted and will continue to vote to maintain personal freedoms as long as I serve you in Boise.
I served on my local school board for years before going to Boise. I understood that entry level teachers needed a better starting wage or Idaho would continue to have a shortage of teachers. I voted, in my first term, to increase wages for beginning teachers. I will continue supporting Education to have preferential funding in the budget. I will encourage for stronger Education priorities which give our children the best chance to compete in an ever-changing world.
I have played a key roll supporting our private business. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) awarded me their 100% Voting Record recognition on issues vital to the survival of Main Street Business.
I will advocate changing laws to make our state business friendly. We must stop duplicating regulations and forming duplicate agencies hindering business growth. I know we must be business friendly to bring the jobs that Southeast Idaho needs for its people to thrive.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is another way we can attract business to Idaho.