At the end of the day, government operates on income derived from taxes and fees (and penalties and fines) from its constituents. When there are operational inefficiencies or excess spending, the natural tendency is to increase income (i.e. increase taxes and fees) rather than decrease spending.
I believe the proper response to the matter of taxation is to not focus on "more acceptable taxation", but rather to focus the discussion on improving operational efficiency, which by definition reduces the tax burden. In other words, you and I and our families have X amount of income with which to operate. If we live within our means, we adjust spending accordingly. The government should be no different.
Placing the efficiency, or inefficiency, burden on the taxpayer is the wrong response. I will support and draft fiscally responsible legislation that reduces the tax burden on Bow and Dunbarton residents and reduces if not eliminates state government operational inefficiencies. I will support business investment and growth, which in turn creates jobs and fuels a strong economy, expanding the tax revenue base, ultimately reducing taxes for all citizens.
Higher taxes treat the symptoms. Lower taxes cure the problem.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
A gun is an inanimate object. Guns do not kill people. People kill people. Some consider the topic of guns to be a political hot potato. I do not. To put a legislative focus on guns, and/or gun control is to redirect attention away from the root issues. This issue is simple for me.
I will draft and support legislation that defends 2nd Amendment rights.
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” ~Ronald Reagan
I believe the role of government is to provide secure borders, uphold law and order, provide for a strong defense, facilitate a framework for democracy, and be as small as possible in favor of personal liberty and opportunity. Thomas Jefferson believed the entire purpose of government is to protect the preexisting natural rights of individuals. And that government should be "rigorously frugal and simple." I agree.
Large government increases taxes and leads to fiscal inefficiencies and irresponsibility. When we are young, we cannot wait to be independent and self-supportive, away from the confines of our family home. We do not need, or want, anyone looking over our shoulders all the time. We want to spread our wings and soar! Our family home provided security, rules and discipline, and a framework for debate, discussions, and decisions. Government should be shaped similarly.
I will draft and support legislation that aims to model our state government as a reflection of these values.
"Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.” ~Thomas Jefferson
It is my belief that personal liberty and limited government go hand-in-hand. The less that government is involved in the day-to-day lives of its citizens, the better. I am an adult. I want to be treated like an adult, assuming I am behaving like an adult. I embrace the values of personal liberty so that I am able to “Live Free or Die”.
I will support and draft legislation that provides for maximum personal liberties and restrains government controls.
Per the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
The subject of Domestic and Sexual Violence is not just a headline grab for our family. It has touched our lives in unimaginable, intolerable ways. We know, first hand, the impact of this criminal activity. I will support and draft legislation that expands the scope of resource reach to victims and tightens the consequences for offenders.