As the 2014 legislative session winds down, I want to share some of the issues we dealt with this year. The length of the session was 74 days. That will make it one of the shortest sessions of my five terms over the last 10 years. It was my pleasure to serve and represent you on the Education, Transportation and Agricultural Committees.
The economy continues to grow gradually and our optimism for Idaho’s future grows as well. This has allowed the legislature to restore funding in some areas where cuts were made to accommodate lower revenues during the recession, while not losing sight of the efficiencies found during tough times. This year the state budget is just over $2.9 billion, which is about a 5% increase in spending over last year. Included in that is a 5% increase in spending for K- 12 and just over 6% increase for higher education. It also included a 2% increase in pay for state employees who have not had a pay raise in several years. Of that pay 1% is permanent and 1% is a one-time bonus.
Here are a few additional issues that arose during this session... Read more »
I completed all Candidate Surveys so that the voters will know where I stand on issues. You will see that my opponent refused to complete the surveys.
Idaho Education News: http://www.idahoednews.org/news/primary-candidates-answer-our-education-questions/
Idaho Republican Party: http://idgop.org/2014-platform-survey/
Northwest Property Owners Association: http://www.nwpoa.org/candidateratings.html
Idaho Voters Guide: http://www.idahovoterguide.org/district-3/
Idaho Coalition of … Read more
I support more STEM Education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In 2023, there will be 2.6 million new jobs created in this country requiring a STEM Education background.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3TbfMfd3TM … Read more
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on May 4, 2014. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
COEUR d'ALENE - The Northwest Property Owners Association has evaluated candidates for the upcoming May 20 primary elections, and released the results on Thursday.
According to a press release, candidate evaluations were done using the criteria set forth in the NWPOA Mission Statement. The NWPOA Board and Election … Read more
The following is excerpted from the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho website.
April 25, 2014 Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho (RLCID) Releases First Round of 2014 Endorsements
RLCID-PAC, the candidate endorsement arm of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho, today announced their first round of endorsements for the 2014 campaign cycle after the board of directors exhaustively spent over two weeks reviewing comprehensive candidate questionnaires, incumbent voting records, and recorded … Read more