As your representative, I not only represent our district; I represent the interests of all of Idaho.
Our Legislature keeps cutting taxes…scholastically Idaho ranks last in the nation! We need to prioritize education, increase resources for public schools and higher education to give our kids a competitive chance. We need to partner with public schools, provide early education and more educational opportunities for those students who choose not to attend college. We need better coordination with local businesses with affordable vocational training and affordable junior colleges.
School Impact fees make sense, this onetime fee that is charged to a developer who is building houses or commercial buildings. It encourages growth to pay for growth. This allows the housing community to pay a portion of their share without financially overburdening the current tax payers.
We must grow a strong and robust economy in Idaho. The key to building this economy is improving our educational system so we can provide talented and technically qualified local people to fill jobs. Prioritize infrastructure projects that create jobs for Idahoans, both long term and short term, and attract new business to our state. For example, bring broadband to both rural and urban areas, to increase internet accessibility attracting both existing business from outside Idaho and local startups. If we were to adopt a livable wage for everyone in the state we will be putting money in the pockets of those who will spend it almost immediately.
Our lands are priceless. Keep public lands public and protected. Public land access is tied to our economic growth, and protecting this resource ensures enjoyment of this valuable resource for generations to come, and for Idaho. Keep public lands accessible for hunting, recreation, and available for our enjoyment. Keep federal funding for timber management, recreation, protection of wildlife species and fire protection. We have such a large amount of public land and beautiful wilderness we simply lack state resources to manage and maintain Idaho quality, ourselves.
Everyone is entitled to affordable healthcare. Medicaid expansion was approved by 60.5 % of the vote in 2018. We need to adopt a ‘comprehensive Medicare for all’ healthcare program where everyone is fully covered with no deductibles and no co-pays. We need to adopt alternative programs, we can easily model Utah’s example and provide relief from numerous medical conditions by creating a law similar to their ‘Medical Cannabis Act’ of 2018.
Because of growth, and the lack of planning, our roads are congested. We need to increase funding for transportation, plan for the growth and develop effective forms of public transportation. We need to provide incentives for ride sharing and mass transit.