November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho Senate District 13

Incumbent: Republican Curt McKenzie is running for Idaho Supreme CourtTerm: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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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?

Age 55
Education University of Idaho, BS, Business Finance University of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School
Prior political experience Board Member of the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange
Civic involvement Past Chairman Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa Past President Snake River Stampede Past Vice-Chair Nampa Chamber of Commerce Treasurer and Board Member of Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Past President Nampa Kiwanis Club
Years living in Idaho 42 years
Family Wife, Patricia Adult Children, Tony and Amy
Investing in Education, Infrastructure and the Economy. In general I support the direction we are going in these areas. We need to continue to evaluate the resource needs in these areas as well as asking if we are receiving the desired outcomes with the resources provided.
Idaho’s healthcare gap was not the result of Idaho legislation that left 78,000 of its citizens on the sidelines. Rather it resulted from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In my opinion, the Federal government created the problem, but it’s up to the states to fix the problem. I am not a fan of the Affordable Care Act nor the manner it became law. I also understand the politics and emotions surrounding the law. Regardless of how I feel it is time that we move forward and take care of the 78,000 Idahoans who have been left out. I’m confident that we can find a successful Idaho solution for those in the gap just like the Idaho solution we created with the successful Idaho Health Insurance Exchange. The right solution will address the problem in a fiscally responsible manner.
Idaho has a constitutional obligation to provide for public schools. The state's largest general fund expenditure is education funding where 62% of the general fund is invested. It is important that we provide adequate funding for our education system to ensure the success of our future generations. Not only do we need to provide adequate funding, we need to maximize the use of all the resources available, both monetary and non-monetary, to provide the best education possible. The Go-on support of post secondary education, in all forms, is critically important to the health of our state and our economy. When attracting and retaining quality employers there are very few substitutes for a trained and educated workforce. The Go-On efforts are having a positive impact towards meeting our goals and should continue until our goal is met.
The founders of our country were very foresightful when they established the relationship and powers between the federal government and the states. Within this framework there are many examples of where it works and where it hasn't worked. In my opinion government works best close to its people, but an outcome for the greater good should always be considered when the relationship is in conflict. 63.1% of lands in Idaho are owned by the federal government. Idahoans use these lands more and know these lands better than anyone. It makes sense that Idahoans would also do a better job managing their maintenance. I’d support the state’s management of these lands if the federal government provided the same funding they are currently spending on these lands or allowed Idaho to generate revenue from these lands to pay for the costs of their maintenance.
I support the change in the concealed weapons law that provides consistency in the existing law and supports our 2nd amendment rights. I support the legislation that allows occupational diseases associated with firefighting to be covered under workers compensation. I support the Right to Try law that allows individuals with terminal illnesses an expedited opportunity to try an investigative drug allowing patients to accept full responsibility, including financial responsibility, for their decisions to try to save their own lives.
Idaho's part-time Legislature has served its citizens well. By its nature the citizen Legislature allows its members to live and work in their communities gaining a measure of the will of their constituents. A key to its success is the Legislature's ability to use its time in session effectively. There is generally room for improvement in most of what we do. As Idaho grows in population and its citizens request more from the Legislature, the Legislature will need to continue to evaluate ways to best serve its citizens.
I support the Republican party platform, but am currently undecided on the party nominee.
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