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What is a Boise Boy?
A Boise Boy is a legislator who goes to Boise and allows themselves to be bound to the demands of lobbyists, special interest, PACs, and forgets about the people that he represents. I represent the people of Lewis and Nez Perce County and I will never become a Boise Boy.

2nd Amendment:
"Shall not be Infringed"

As your legislator I will support and defend both the U.S Constitution and the Idaho Constitution.  I will oppose any measure that erodes the 2nd Amendment.

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Education:
I've heard from various business owners and managers that there are plenty of jobs, but a serious lack of job seekers with the skills and certifications required.  As a business owner, I agree with them. Within Idahos high schools we have many great programs such as Dual-Credit Courses, DECA and FFA which are preparing our youth for career fields in business, marketing, and agriculture, but we need to look at more ways to prepare students for fields such as manufacturing and other trades.  By working with the business community, high schools and colleges, we can develop and expand vocational training to help prepare our youth and adults for success. In our classrooms, Idaho teachers should not be constrained to teaching to a test. 

In my first two years, I've kept my promises. I voted for and supported massive increases to education funding including increases to vocational training. The increses over the past years amount to over $200 million and will help equip Idaho's children with the education and skills they need coming out of high school. These increases in education are just the start and there is still more work that needs done. I will make sure bureaucrats don't stand in the way of teachers being able to unlock the potential of our children and themselves. If we invest in education and training, then businesses will invest in Idaho.

Health Care:
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, health care costs have skyrocketed. Having insurance does not always mean people will get the care they need.  We should not just treat the symptom that is coverage, without addressing the real disease, the cost of health care.  Government helped create the current health care cost crisis, so throwing a lifeline to those individuals in Idaho who cannot afford insurance is something that all legislators should consider, but it needs to be right for Idaho.There needs to be a complete review of how health care is obtained in Idaho so we can look for access and cost reducing solutions.

Lower Taxes: 
I supported and voted for one of the largest tax cuts in Idaho history. Saving over $200 million per year, this cut will further assist of the booming economy and allows Idaho families to keep more of their hard-earned money. In 2019, I plan to introduce a bill to eliminate Idaho's Grocery Tax. The current taxes on groceries harm familes and border town businesses.

Let's create and save jobs, help our community and eliminate a tax that should not exist.
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Recovery Centers:
When I first ran for office, I pledged to do all I could to fight epidemic of Opioid Addiction in Idaho. I co-authored (HB649) which is being referred to as the "Good Samaritan" bill that allows people to seek medical assistance for them themslesves or others for drug overdoses without fear of prosecution. This bill will save lives and money as those needing to seek treament can do so.

For the past 8 years, I have worked with people who are currently suffering or have suffered with addiction and I am also a member of the Region 2 Behavioral Health Board. Drug and alcohol addiction wreaks devastation on the body, family, and society as whole. The solution is not locking up the sick, it is in peer-to-peer centers - people helping people.  Successful treatment not only benefits the lives of
those affected but can also save the taxpayers millions by making the person a productive member of society, while keeping them out of the prison system. I have been very involved in building recovery centers, and I am excited that Lewiston's center will soon be opening its doors. This center will utilize volunteers to assist those that have no idea how to begin a life of recovery. 


Jobs:
After being in business as a job creator for over 30 years, I know that BUSINESSES create jobs that are long term and not funded by our tax dollars. We need an environment that nurtures growth for new and existing businesses.  Without jobs, nothing happens -no one buys a house, or a car, or a big screen TV, or anything else all the things that keep an economy growing and thriving and creating tax revenue, more taxes being paid not higher tax rates.  I will tirelessly work on issues that will create great jobs while making Idaho an even greater place to play, work, live and raise a family.



Infrastructure:
From citizens, tourists, farmers/ranchers and other businesses, we all rely on infrastructure.  The condition of our infrastructure directly impacts costs in our daily lives, and can pose safety risks if not properly maintained.  Our roads, bridges, ports, and other infrastructure elements are vital to our economy, and we need to treat them accordingly.  While in the legislature, I will work to prioritize spending and direct infrastructure funds to our district.