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State Senator, South Dakota Senate

Tenure

1991 — 2000

Position held

Governor, South Dakota

Tenure

Started in 2003

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Budget

I believe we must streamline our tax code, broaden our tax base and lower rates across the board. Making these changes will benefit the economy and protect hard-working South Dakota families from higher taxes.

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South Dakota balances its budget every single year. The federal government should do the same. Mike supports a balanced budget amendment. The federal government should pass a budget every year. Mike commends the house republicans for at least taking steps to pass a budget. Although he appreciates their effort, Mike's long taken the position that he disagrees with any cuts to Medicare. For that reason, Mike does not currently support the budget plan offered by congressman Ryan, specifically because of the unclear revisions to Medicare.

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In South Dakota, “profit” isn’t a dirty word. Mike believes you should be able to keep more of your own paycheck! The federal tax system is a mess. It must be reformed and streamlined. All federal tax rates should be lowered and the base broadened. This approach will encourage job creation and capital investment.

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Immigration

President Obama overstepped his boundaries when he used executive action to essentially provide amnesty to millions of immigrants who crossed our borders illegally. Our immigration system is unequivocally broken, but reform must start with stronger border security to stop the influx of illegal immigrants for good. Only then can we begin to create a limited, legal path to citizenship for those who are currently in the U.S. illegally.

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Healthcare

Mike supports Medicare for our seniors. Obamacare threatens Medicare’s solvency. Mike will defend and protect Medicare. Using Medicare cuts to offset Obamacare costs is wrong.

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Healthcare

Mike opposes Obamacare and would work to repeal and replace it with market-based, patient-centered solutions. Mike adamantly opposes a single-payer system and meaningless adjustments.

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Healthcare

Mike is pro-life.

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Guns

I am a strong supporter of second amendment rights with a proven record of standing up for gun owners. I’m against any additional regulations that restrict individual, law-abiding citizens from owning and using firearms.

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Guns

Mike is a strong supporter of your second amendment rights. He does not support additional regulations that restrict gun ownership.

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Civil Rights

Mike supports the South Dakota Constitution and the traditional definition of marriage.

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Environment

Mike supports the Keystone Pipeline.

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Environment

Mike believes in a “North American” solution to our dependence on foreign energy. All forms of domestic energy should be pursued.  Mike does not believe in higher taxes on energy producers. The President’s current energy policy attacking traditional energy sources will cost the average American family about $140 more per month than they’re currently paying.

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Education

Mike believes in local control of education, and while standards are important, a “one size fits all” directive from the federal government does not serve our children well. Mike will seek to abolish the US Department of Education and defund its budget including the 5000 employees with an average annual salary of $102,000 each.

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