November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho House District 8 - Seat A

Incumbent: Republican Terry Gestrin Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Jocelyn Plass

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Name your three priorities for Idaho. Do you support current policy on them? if not, describe your alternate plan. How would you pay for your proposals that have costs associated with them?

How should Idaho address the health care needs of the 78,000 residents in the so-called gap population? Do you support Medicaid expansion in some form? Some other proposal? Please address funding for the option you prefer.

What is the state's obligation to public schools? Is Idaho spending enough on buildings, teachers and operations? How can Idaho improve its go-on rate for students leaving high school?

What is your position on the relationship between the federal government, the states and local governments? Is the state right or wrong to hinder or pre-empt action on the local level? Should the state work to take more ownership or control of federal lands in Idaho?

Name three actions taken by the Legislature this past session that you opposed. Name three you supported or would support. Explain.

What is the proper role of a part-time citizen Legislature? Do you think Idaho’s current system works? Does the Legislature function well or do you see need for changes or improvements?

Do you support your party’s presidential nominee? Explain. Include in your answer who you plan to vote for and why.

Have you been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, a misdemeanor or felony or had a withheld judgment? If so, what, when and where?

Have you or a company you owned filed bankruptcy? If so, when and where?

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Age 51
Education BA - Political Science University of Wisconsin (Madison) MS, Human Performance and Sport Studies (Sport Management), University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
Prior political experience Active citizen. Attend City Council and School Board meetings, engage with legislators and commissioners, presenting testimony to committees
Civic involvement Board Member for rural health clinic, active member of Teacher/Parent Association, school volunteer
Years living in Idaho 10
Family Married with two school-age children
Twitter page @JociePforID
Rural Economic Development, improve transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges) and internet capabilities, reduce taxes, fees and regulation on businesses and entrepreneurs Improving Educational Opportunities pre-K through college, which includes adequate funding to rural public schools as well as immediate efforts to reduce tuition costs for students, Eliminate threats to Idaho's rural economy by stopping efforts to privatize public lands
Yes, I support closing the gap specifically the 2014 Healthy Idaho proposal that the Governor's Task Force recommended.
The State's obligation is what the State Constitution states a thorough and uniform system of free public schools. No, Idaho is not investing enough in education. To improve the go-on rate we have to invest in ideas, people and our kids - the current legislature is not doing this.
The State was wrong when they stopped the plastic bag ban and the increase of minimum wage. The State should be involved in successful and collaborative land management efforts such as Senator Crapo's Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC). The CBC brings the state, federal managers and private and public interest groups together to decide how to manage thousands of acres. Also as a Stanley resident I support the expansion of recreation opportunities that are less costly and less cumbersome.
I opposed: House passed a bill to cut taxes on the wealthy and raise taxes everybody else (HB 380) I oppose raising taxes by capping the homeowners exemption and I opposed the anti-working expansion of the non-compete agreement

I supported: Rep. Wintrow's bill to make sure all rape kits are tested I supported investing in Education and increasing funding even through it did not go far enough I supported toughening Idaho's stalker laws
The proper role is to represent their constituents and improve the prosperity of our citizens. I think the current system is completely out of balance and special interests have more power and influence than regular Idahoans do.
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