As we observe the effects of pot legalization in neighboring states, it should come as no surprise the proposed ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana is of great concern to many Idahoans. While some are focusing on efforts to defeat the marijuana initiative, the bigger concern should be the issue …
I am a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA), and I understand and respect America’s commitment to the Second Amendment and the need to protect our rights from infringement at every level.
The passage of S1389 in 2016 (permitless carry) was an important victory for individual rights and personal safety. In 2018, I supported passage of several 2nd Amendment bills: S1313 to strengthen Stand Your Ground/Castle Doctrine; H565 to allow retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed weapon at schools, public colleges, and university events; H443 to authorize school districts to offer elective firearms safety classes.
We need to continue efforts as a state to take control of our lands. Many of our natural resources, from tree harvesting and mining to recreation and cattle grazing, are off-limits or severely limited to citizens of our state. The Federal Government claims about 63% of Idaho land, which could be used to put Idahoans to work. We also need to stop the Island Park Wildlife Overpasses and find alternatives.
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We cannot raise a free people on captive land. I will work in the legislature to restore Idaho’s land to its citizens.
I believe all life is sacred, and I am encouraged by recent bills in the Idaho legislature to educate women, via ultrasound and other methods, before they choose to end a pre-born baby’s life. I also believe we need to protect our religious freedom and make efforts to return basic universal principles to our educational facilities.
In 2018, I supported H638 which establishes reporting requirements for health complications arising as a result of abortion, and S1243 which requires information be provided to patients on reversal pill.
Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, is neither affordable nor has it made people healthier. Our version, the so-called “state exchange,” is creating new levels of spending, artificially driving up insurance costs, and reducing work hours as employers attempt to cut back on the number of workers they’ll be forced to cover. Slowing down the economy is not progress. We need free-market solutions that lift people out of poverty, rather than trap them into subsistence-level lives with welfare programs.
I will oppose any further government expansion into the area of health care. The solution to poverty is to eradicate it, not to subsidize it.
It never ceases to amaze me that the same government that can’t prevent crime in its prisons expects us to believe they know how to spend our money better than we do. If progress revolved around government spending, we’d have solved our problems long ago. The truth is this: the money you take home to spend on your family, invest in your business, or make your own life better, doesn’t belong in some bureaucrat’s pocket.
I signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in 2012 and I’m standing by that pledge today. I’ll oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes on Idaho’s citizens.
In 2018, I supported H335 which reduced unemployment tax contributions required of businesses, H463 which reduces the individual and corporate rate and provides a child tax credit, and H675 which increased the credit from $130 to $205.
In a region dominated by agriculture, government has imposed a plague of artificial regulations and rules that stand in a stark contrast to a way of life as old as the Garden of Eden. Agriculture, small business, transportation, and virtually every other means of earning a living is inundated with fees, audits, permits, licenses, and assorted barriers that discourage business startups and job-creating business expansions.
I will propose legislation to “sunset” regulatory agencies, requiring them to be reauthorized by the legislature. Every four years, government agencies should be forced to make the case for their continued existence, or be eliminated.
In 2018, I supported S1324, the Barber and cosmetology services act, which reduced required hours, combined the two boards, and will give more flexibility to individuals.