Big Valley High School
Farmer/business owner; Lassen County Board of Supervisors, 1996-2012; CA State Assemblyman, 2012-present; CA Assembly Republican Leader, 2017-present.
We need to do something about health care costs. The proposals that have been in the Legislature are not realistic; they have been political ploys to make people angry. At some point we need a bipartisan responsible response to all healthcare issues.
No. Rent control is not the answer. The housing shortage in California is one of the main drivers of poverty. We simply need to build more homes by reducing regulations.
There are so many poor people in California who can’t get ahead. We don’t need to tax them more. We should spend the money we already have to maintain the roads we built. People can’t afford to live here anymore.
If the goal of high-speed rail is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, then high-speed rail funds should be re-allocated to other projects that reduce carbon emission at a greater return on the investment, such as carbon emission from forest fires.
Properly manage our forests to significantly reduce carbon emitted from wildfires. Get other countries to stop polluting as well. We should not go it alone - it’s too expensive for us and we have a lot of problems that need to be solved.
I disagree with the recent changes. We're releasing too many criminals back into our communities. To reduce crime and keep California safe, we need to reclassify “non-violent crimes” and reform the parole system to stop the early release of felons.
Teaching credential, K-12 education, CSU Chico, 1976; bachelor's degree, physical education, CSU Chico, 1975;
associate's degree, physical education, Shasta College, 1972.
Chief, Winnemem Wintu Tribe; spiritual adviser (retired) to state prison inmates; public school teacher and administrator; recruiter & adviser of Native American and low-income students at CSU Chico; speaker, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples.
I will support health care legislation that will cover every person in California who needs and wants health care coverage. I will study the legislation in depth and make sure that the providing entity is able to securely fund this program.
In tech industry boomtowns, rent control is a safeguard for older, low-income populations. Government should encourage more low-income housing units, but not at the expense of environmentally or culturally significant lands. Keep local control.
Along with the California Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters and the CA Building and Construction Trades, I support Proposition 69, which does not change existing tax and fee rates. It ensures gas taxes be spent on transportation.
Voters approved it. Rail between Northern and Southern California is essential to a healthy environment and future prosperity, especially for depressed agricultural towns in the Central Valley. It's a shame Washington politics have delayed it.
More extreme conditions have contributed to dangerous droughts, wildfires, floods and mudslides. We need to say no to 20th-century "solutions" that benefit a few. Innovative restoration projects protect people, land, water and jobs.
Laws have changed, and some people serving long sentences for marijuana offenses that are no longer crimes should be released. I've worked in a prison, and it's a tough environment for guards and inmates. Better conditions are needed for all.