November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho Senate District 19

Incumbent: Democrat Cherie Buckner-Webb Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Cherie Buckner-Webb

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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 68
Education George Fox University, BS in management and organizational leadership; Northwest Nazarene University, MS in social work.
Prior political experience Idaho House of Representatives 2010-2012. Idaho Senate 2013-2016.
Civic involvement Board member of numerous community, state and national organizations and serve as ad hoc volunteer for community projects.
Years living in Idaho Born and raised in Idaho.Have lived In Idaho most of my life.
Family Spouse - Henry Webb Sons - Sean Thompson, Phillip Thompson (Erin), Grand daughter, Zaida
Twitter page @BucknerWebb
First is Education which we've begun to address with legislative action based on recommendations from the Governor's Task Force for Improving Education.. We have come a long way in restoring teacher morale after the repeal of the Luna Laws by a vote of the People and changes to the funding formula for compensation. We have to meet this commitment and restore funding beyond 2009 levels for (pre)K-12 and higher education. The resources are there if we make public education our priority, address Medicaid, and stop passing unconstitutional laws that waste millions. Second, our Economy would benefit from the passage of laws that promote equal pay, a living wage and send a message to corporate leaders that Idaho will not tolerate discrimination against their increasingly diverse workforce based on religion, national origin or sexual identity. Third, protecting the Environment which is best achieved through collaborative efforts proven to be successful across Idaho rather than wasting taxpayer money fighting the federal government over control. Protecting our natural resources provides economic stimulus and remains our best legacy for generations to follow.
I support passage and enactment of Medicaid Expansion to ensure access to health care for all Idahoans. I believe it to be the best solution for the 78,000 in the gap. Men, women and families across the state are pleading for help. And many are suffering needlessly without the care Idaho citizens have paid for, via taxes, but are not accessing via Medicaid Expansion. Idaho has the opportunity to realize millions of dollars in saving by way of Medicaid Expansion while addressing what are deemed unique "Idaho sensibilities". Medicaid Expansion would take advantage of federal dollars already paid by Idaho taxpayers, replace the inefficient, costly system currently burdening our counties and provides comprehensive medical and mental health coverage while promoting personal accountability for beneficiaries. It is the way to bring about a win/win; physically for our friends, neighbors and family, and fiscally for the state of Idaho. I fully expect compromise will be required.
While the 2016 legislative session saw K-12 public education funding return to 2009 levels, this does not begin to address the need for the nearly 1,400 more classrooms to support or the cost of inflation. We must address this short fall and maintain our commitment to funding the career ladder in years 3-5 so that Idaho can recruit and retain the best educators for our students. It is critical for the state to support affordable post-secondary education, from pro-tech to 4-year degrees.The State has a mandate to support our public schools, we must meet and hopefully exceed that expectation. More money is not "the" answer, but it is abundantly clear that we must invest appropriately in plant, property and equipment to support an environment conducive to safety, learning, and development of our students. We must recruit, support and retain world class teachers and pay them appropriately in order to realize the educational goals we have set for our students. Students are our most treasured resource. We have to provide a wide range of opportunities for their post-high school development. Idaho's economic growth depends on it.
As a conflict resolution practitioner, my approach in areas of disagreement is based on collaboration; to identify areas of agreement, then proceed. We should work with our partners at the federal and municipal levels to ensure the appropriateness of government action on behalf of our citizens. Idaho is a diverse state and our communities are more than capable of addressing local needs and priorities that support their specific economic realities and values. Beyond the simple reality that any attempt by the state to takeover control of public lands would violate both the U.S. and Idaho constitutions, the state cannot afford the costs associated with land management, including forest fires. As such, the state would quickly resort to selling these lands which will result in loss of access to sportsmen and recreationists and violate the legacy we owe future generations.
Three opposed, three supported: Opposed: -SB 1389, allowing permitless concealed carry in Idaho's cities, will further burden our local law enforcement professionals and undermine public safety by allowing individuals to carry a firearm with no gun-safety training or background checks. -More attacks on women's healthcare were passed including S1404aa which prohibits the use of fetal tissue, preventing not only scientific research but life-saving organ donations. -H487 inserts non-compete clauses into employment contracts to the detriment of entrepreneurs and start-ups and will send our best and brightest to seek employment out of state. Supported: -HB 504 authorized the Public Defense Commission to adopt and require compliance with new indigent defense standards which will promote needed reforms in Idaho's unfair public defense system. -Funding for two additional mental health crisis centers will support intervention by trained mental health providers and relieve our over-burdened law enforcement officers from serving as social workers. -H451 promotes improved literacy in grades K-3 which will support students throughout their educational careers.
Our job as legislators is to pass laws that conform to the constitutions of the United States and Idaho and address real, demonstrated needs. The current system does not work as well as it could because the dominance of one political party silences debate and allows for policies that benefit the narrowest interests to pass into law without first earning the support of everyday Idahoans. Furthermore, the committee process in Idaho ensures that many legitimate legislative efforts won't even be granted a public hearing. This not only silences legislators outside the power structure, but every citizen they represent. A more balanced body with greater representation of the state's population would be beneficial. Perspectives from a cross section of demographics would be heard directly, without interpretation by others. Often those with the best of intentions fail to consider the impact of the words and actions.
Absolutely. Hillary Rodam Clinton is: * one of the most qualified candidates ever to seek the office. She has the education, exprience, vision,guts and grace required * a dedicated American, committed to justice and equality * a proven leader with decades of experience and common sense. She gets things done. * a fierce negotiator and a critical thinker * reasonable, accountable, family friendly, open to diverse perspectives and inclusive * a strategist; well versed in a wide breadth of disciplines crucial to leading with vigor and collaborating with experts, * willing to stand up for the less fortunate, advocate for the underdog, act for those without a voice * strong, committed, purposeful * is the right person for the job.