While I’m concerned about Nevada’s economic climate, I’ve also heard your voices on a variety of other critical issues. And I’ve prepared a Legislative Agenda and believe it addresses your concerns and contains common sense solutions to some of our state’s problems - Solutions that will conform to free market principles and traditional American values.
During the 2015 session, our Legislators passed the largest tax increase in Nevada History. In addition they included a "Gross Receipt Commerce Tax" component on businesses in the complete tax increase legislation.
The burden of this Tax Increase legislation will fall squarely on the shoulders of you, the Families and Citizens of Nevada.
I will strongly oppose any legislation that will further increase taxes. I will also oppose any efforts to lower the Commerce Tax Threshold and/or an increase of the NAICS Business Category tax rates.
Businesses pass on to us any tax increases they receive. We, the people of Nevada, ultimately pay for ALL tax increases.
Jobs and Economic Development...
Creating jobs and strong economic development go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other.
Having been a CEO of successful businesses, I know what it takes to create jobs am leading efforts in the legislature to encourage a thriving business environment.
Businesses are struggling to keep their doors open. Jobs cannot be created by struggling businesses. And when doors close, jobs go away.
Nevada needs to get back to being one of the country’s most business-friendly states. In recent years, and with the passing of the ‘Commerce Tax’ we now rank near the bottom.
We need to attract new industries to Nevada, promote start-ups and support existing businesses. We must give them the opportunity to grow. Once they do, they need a qualified workforce to hire from. It’s critical we cultivate a pro-business climate to allow companies to succeed, thus creating jobs.
Small businesses are a vital part of our state’s economic engine that produces most of the Jobs in Nevada. We must pass legislation that encourages all businesses in Nevada to flourish.
I know first-hand how excessive taxes and government regulations affect your businesses. Or your employers business. And, eventually, your family finances.
We need someone representing us in Carson City who actually understands business – someone who has signed the front side of a paycheck. Someone who understands the crushing consequences of excessive taxes and regulations. Someone who understands that Government not only consumes your wealth – it often impedes wealth creation.
The most important people in our school system, the students and the teachers, have again been shoved down the priority list by the legislature, despite the fact lawmakers passed the ‘Commerce Tax’, supposedly to benefit education.
My top priority for education will be to ensure that the money for education flows down to where it’s needed most: The Classroom!
Our best teachers must be awarded and retained. Our classrooms must have the resources and learning tools so that our teachers can do their job and our children can learn. Yet the commitment to budget accountability and where our tax dollars are spent is as weak as ever.
I support funding the Education Savings Accounts and School Choice as well because I believe in the concept of 'compete and empower'. By allowing school choice, we empower parents, teachers and the students with a voice and choice to do their best in whichever situation fits them best.
I also oppose the Federal Common Core program and believe curriculum development must be returned to local school district administration and teachers, with input by parents and guardians. I will support removing Common Core standards, curricula and data mining from Nevada's public schools.
At the same time, we need to also give parents more of a voice in where their kids go to school, I support school choice and while the new Education Savings Plan (ESA) is a good place to start, there is still much work to be done to remove barriers for all families.
I will Support the establishment of audit procedures and schedules for each school district in Nevada.
Free Market Energy Choice for Consumers...
I will support Legislation that will enable a Free Market Energy solution that will give Energy consumers in Nevada a choice of energy providers. A Free Market Energy Provider environment will encourage competition which will result in lower cost for our Energy. I will work to end the one-size-fits-all monopoly by NV Energy. An All Of the Above energy policy will also help rebuild our economy and expand the growth of jobs.
Election Integrity and Voter ID...
I support legislation that will ensure that the Election process in Nevada is Secure, Transparent and Fair to all candidates. This legislation will allow audits to be conducted at the request of the candidates after any election to compare the digital records to the paper records to guarantee election integrity in our election system.
I will support legislation that will require all voters in Nevada, at the polling place, to verify their identity with a government issued photo ID card. For citizens without such identification, to provide a government issued photo ID card at no cost.
Transparency, Accountability and Fairness Reform...
I support legislation that will require that all government contracts be put up for public bid. And to require that all successful bids shall be made public, including rationale for bid selection.
More transparency will add integrity to the Legislative process, and Accountability will assure taxpayers that their hard-earned tax money is working efficiently for them. I will work with your community leaders to provide you full disclosure of what is taking place in Carson City.
Health Care Reform...
I support legislation that will remove the Nevada Silver State Exchange participation in government run healthcare; to invite into the Nevada insurance market health insurers from across the nation; to allow direct patient/doctor decision making.
I will support legislation that will limit damages in medical malpractice suits; and to institute loser pays provisions to discourage frivolous litigation.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees that people have the right to keep and bear arms. Furthermore that right shall not be infringed.
Citizens must have the right to defend themselves, their personal property and their families.
When elected, I will protect our 2nd Amendment rights as U.S. citizens guaranteed by the Constitution and will oppose all efforts to limit our Constitutional rights.
Penalizing the vast majority who are responsible and conscientious gun owners in response to high profile crimes is wrong. Worst of all, it will not solve nor stop incidents of mass violence.
I will sponsor and support a bill to allow individuals with valid Nevada Concealed Carry permits to exercise that right on any higher education campus in Nevada.
Our Veterans must receive the benefits they were promised. We have to do better with our VA hospitals. It is unthinkable to me that many Veterans are still homeless, lacking health care and suffering from PTSD.
I will work to make sure our state has zero Veterans in need and given the utmost respect and care. We can do this with the right leadership!
I support legislation that will protect students privacy rights by requiring that all public school restrooms, locker rooms and showers shall be gender specific; except that separate facilities may be established for students with gender uncertainty.
Parental Notification Reform...
I will support legislation requiring that parents or guardians be notified in advance of any and all medical procedures involving a minor under the age of 18.
Please let me know what issue you want to see addressed through my legislative comment link or by replying to my emails. I appreciate my neighbors reaching out to me and will return correspondence sent as soon as possible. Please be sure to let me know in the subject line that you are one of my constituents as we get hundreds of emails each day and you have priority.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve your voice and will do everything possible to represent you and your family with dignity and respect.