CRIME / LAW ENFORCEMENT / PUBLIC SAFETY
Defunding the Police has led to out-of-control crime in our District. It has hurt all of us, but none more than the very people it was meant to protect. Our neighborhoods are less safe under the State-wide policies that fails to prosecute for criminals, restrict law enforcements and reward lawlessness. The national and local trend of anti-police sentiment was based on a false premise.
Common Sense Solution: I believe protecting law abiding citizens should be one of the top priorities of Government. We must fully fund law enforcement. We must provide the training and tools to meet the ever-changing challenges in our neighborhoods. Community policing starts in our schools. As we have recently seen this is more important than ever. This would allow our children to see, meet and get to know the person behind the badge is there to help. We also MUST hold those we trust to protect us to the highest standards possible.
State funding for school has increase every year, yet we do not see a better educated student or higher graduation rates. Our schools have turned into ideological battlegrounds with the basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic being replaced with a sex education program so graphic that it can not be read at public meeting. Our K-12 education system needs to teach students how to think, not what to think.
Common Sense Solution: We need to stop using 19th century idea to educate our children. I believe the 182-day school year is outdated. Over the last 100 years we have seen an expansion of what our children need to learn and what teachers need to teach. What better way to help than to give students more time to learn and teachers more time to teach? I believe public education is a corner stone of our Republic. However, it is not the only way. We must allow for school choice and competition. I believe if public school must compete for funding, we all win. The money for education should follow the student. Parents should be leading the way not politician and bureaucrats.
ECONOMY & COST OF LIVING
Small business (less than 100 employee) is the backbone of our state economy. With 86 % of Washington Gross domestic product (GDP) comes from small businesses. The democrats want you to believe they represent the “little guy”. Yet because of their policies over the last 2 years we have seen a record number of family-owned and small businesses being forced to close because of the ineffective COVID shut down; while big corporations cashed in.
The cost of gas is driving up the cost of everything. Jay Inslee and his democratic cohorts in Olympia want everything to be electric. They also have not given us a clear answer where all this electricity will come from. They oppose clean and efficient natural Gas, want to tear down our dams, and eliminate all fossil fuels.
Common Sense Solution: Washington had a 10-billion-dollar budget surplus at the beginning of the last legislative session. The democrats spent it all and raise our taxes. I the last 10 years the state budget has doubled while the population has increase by about 10 percent (788,000). I am calling for accountability in government. Where is your money going and is it being spend well? I will strongly oppose ANY new taxes such as a carbon tax, mileage tax, Long-term Care tax or income tax of any kind.
I believe the government should be doing all it can to encourage small businesses. We can do this my limiting burdensome regulations, lower the Business and Occupational tax and creating a minimum wage that helps both businesses and workers. The minimum wage was never designed to be “a living wage”, it was a place to start, not the place to finish.
I believe we need a more holistic approach to energy production and allowing competition to find the cleanest most efficient ways to power our needs today and in the future. Government mandates only drive-up cost and limit innovation.