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Chief of Police, Republic City

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2016 — 2021

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Education

Parents should have a choice where to spend their educational tax dollars for their children.  Children shouldn’t be forced into a poorly performing school because of their zip code.  We need to give families the power to send their children to whatever school they desire—whether public or private.  School choice creates healthy competition between schools and research shows clearly that this competition benefits our children.

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Education

Re-introduce CTE training in high schools across Washington and encourage high school students to learn the trades and agricultural skillsets—especially in our farming and ranching communities.

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Education

We need to bring the focus back to the basic-essentials of education based on proven-science, math, and English skills.  Open vocational and technical (CTE) programs to address the expanding demands of trade related skills and allow students to participate in running start programs to enter the work force.  We must create a two-track system to open career paths for students either seeking vocational studies or college degrees.

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Infrastructure

The legislature needs to put benchmarks back into law so we can plan and monitor the progress being made to achieve specific measurable goals at the state, city, county, and transit levels.

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Infrastructure

States like Texas and Florida have implemented with great success programs that utilize public/private partnerships that shift a portion of the transportation costs from the pockets of taxpayers to private investors.  Once projects have been developed and approved, we must streamline the permitting process so avoid or eliminate delayed project start dates.  We will reward contractors with timely completion of projects completed within the appropriate budget levels.

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Environment

Increase the output of our hatcheries to 100% and build more where necessary.  Traditionally Washington’s native tribes have hunted sea lions and seals.  We need to allow the hunting and consumption of excess predators again.  Salmon need a gravel bottom in order to spawn.  Silt build up on spawning grounds needs to be addressed and fixed in order to create a healthy, vibrant, environment for the Salmon come back.

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Environment

Instead of waiting for catastrophic wildfires to start and then spending millions of dollars to fight them.  We should spend a fraction of that money ahead of time on prevention. Selective logging and thinning our forests, especially near our communities, will result in slower fires and a healthier forest.  Thinning our forests and cleaning up the forest floor removes excess carbon that fuels these fires.  Road access should be maintained to not only allow fire crews quick access to fires but also allow citizens access to our natural resources.

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Budget

Freeze all current government spending at given levels for a minimum of three years until it can be evaluated properly.  This will allow the state to make the appropriate changes to department structures and regulations and eliminate the hazard of new taxation or increased fees.  To be clear, Washington DOES NOT have a revenue problem—they have a spending problem and that will be my priority on day one.

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Budget

As Governor I would strongly encourage the State legislature to pass a Constitutional Amendment to permanently ban the possibility of a State income tax.  This would encourage growth and a business-friendly environment that would attract new businesses and family wage jobs.

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Budget

The entire tax code should be fully reviewed, and a clean tax system based upon simple rules should be implemented.  Washingtonians shouldn’t be taxed into poverty and businesses—regardless of size—shouldn’t be forced out of business or to leave to lower tax, lower regulation states.

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Budget

Freeze spending in the state and expansion of any programs.

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Crime

Some on the left like to sell the idea that it’s compassionate to not arrest drug addicts. It’s exactly the opposite of compassion to leave someone in the cycle of addiction.  In fact, it is probably the cruelest thing you could do to these people by allowing them to stay in the cycle of addiction and poverty.  The truth is, tough love with zero-tolerance policies work when they are coupled with drug rehabilitation facilitated by drug courts and tough enforcement of narcotics laws. Strict enforcement and compassionate treatment works.  Dealers who are poisoning our communities with narcotics should be locked up and removed from society.  Actions have consequences.  If you deal drugs in Washington State, you should go to jail.  Period.

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Crime

Empowering our law enforcement professionals to actively take drug dealers and addicts off the streets will have a positive impact on improving our communities.  Currently, our lax drug policies invite drug dealers and addicts to Washington State because they know they won’t go to jail and the state will provide resources for them to stay in their addiction.  Those policies end on day one when I’m elected Governor.

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