Jobs and the Economy
With the current state of the economy, we must work to make our state more business friendly. We need to do whatever we can to help put people back to work. I will support legislation that makes it easier for small businesses to do what they do best - provide jobs.
In every issue I am to consider, I will ask one question: Will this get people back to work?
As a retired Spokane Police Officer, I understand the importance of public safety. A core function of government is protection of its citizens. I will support legislation that helps improve the safety of our citizens. We must be serious about justice and punishment in order for prison time to be effective. I will not support legislation that releases violent criminals early. Public safety is our silent partner in improving the economy.
I will only support sustainable budgets. The focus needs to shift to creating budgets that provide for the core functions of government: public safety, education and protecting the most vulnerable. We need true structural reform in our budgeting that will result in no more special sessions to finish a job that should have been done on time.
“It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.” – Article IX, Section I, Washington State Constitution
Every child in our state must have access to a quality education. I will support protecting levy equalization funding and fight against unfunded mandates that harm our local districts. Those most important decisions addressing school districts should be made at the local level by parents and school board members.
I will fight for our fair share of transportation dollars. Spokane county residents spend millions of dollars in gas taxes and we deserve to receive funding for local transportation projects. Transportation projects that help drive our economy are always a priority.
We can all agree that Washington residents deserve the opportunity to access affordable quality healthcare. Providing such an opportunity must be economical and yet also constitutional. With the rising cost of healthcare, we need to look for innovative ways to both provide and streamline healthcare in our state.