Quality Public Education: Businesses need a highly skilled workforce and well-funded research and development programs. Since 2018, I have served on Governor Little’s “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” Education Task Force, Higher Education Working Group, Early Childhood Grant Application Committee, Idaho Early Childhood Advisory Council, Reopening Schools Digital Divide Committee and Standards Review Committee. Though much work has been done there is still much to do to ensure Idaho can recruit and retain highly skilled educators. It is important to point out that Idaho is last in the nation in per pupil expenditures. This is unacceptable. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to do better. With hard work and adequate state funding, we can ensure Idaho businesses prosper and our children can stay in Idaho to raise their children.
Ethics in Government: The imbalance in our legislature has created an environment where the majority party has routinely ignored ethical lapses on the part of public officials. It is important we all work together to create a collaborative and productive system of government. I will be a legislator worthy of your trust.
Economic Growth and Job Creation: A slash and burn policy is not going to grow our economy or create new jobs. These are serious times, and they require creative solutions and a common-sense approach.
Protecting our Open Spaces, Water Quality, and Clean Air: Protecting our Idaho way of life is essential. Our natural resources and recreational opportunities need to be preserved for our children and grandchildren.
Planning for our Energy Future: We need to be proactive by designing ways to meet our energy challenges in the future.
Supporting our Military: It is imperative we continue to support our service members and their families.
Working for Tax Fairness: Our tax policies must be fair and equitable for Idaho families. The legislature must also address our rising property taxes.
Health Care: We need a health care plan that will provide quality care at an affordable price for all Idahoans.