November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho House District 9 - Seat A

Incumbent: Republican Ryan Kerby Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Rejeana Goolsby

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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 72
Education MEd. Counseling
Prior political experience None
Civic involvement Washington State Horizon Project - Rural Economic Development Program Sprague Food Bank Assistant Washington County Boards of Gaurdians NAMI Advocate
Years living in Idaho 23 years total
Family Married to Elvin Goolsby for 42 years. We have had 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Help 78,000 uninsured Idaho citizens - comply with Federal Options. Education - invest in education not just at the 2009 level Promote good jobs and adequate wages, agriculture and small business Create Inspector General to end wasteful spending, fraud and abuse. Save taxpayer money and avoid special sessions Protect water and public lands End predatory lending
I support the federal medical expansion. Other states have noted the benefit and reduction of costs to states and in particular counties. I have experienced the benefit of expanded medical as relates to my family. My youngest son developed a brain tumor in 2015 and was without insurance. The State of Washington has expanded Medicaid and he was able to receive the needed treatment without the trauma being exacerbated by wondering how they would manage. This was a tremendous relief to his wife and children while trying to deal with the real possibility of their loved one. He subsequently received SSDI can pay his medical insure and his children remain on Medicaid.
Idaho has not demonstrated adequate funding of K-12 education and appreciation is not enough. We continue at the bottom of the education statistics. We must provide for education to meet the future employment options and industry if we hope to compete and want to improve the Idaho life style. With the pre-school mandate in the future, we must start now. If the education is adequate at the primary through 12 grade level our youth will be able to compete at colleges and employment.

The option of continuing education and high school students able to gain college credits online is a positive application of preparing for the future.
I have watched the State of Idaho continue to challenge federal government mandates then loose funding, go to special session, then comply. Cases in point: Child Support and Driver's License enhancement. Both issues have cost the state money and the citizen is left at risk when we do not use common sense.

We need to stop our knee jerk reaction to federal mandates and look at the issue carefully before saying 'no we won't do it'. Not all mandates take away rights, but some take away a lot of funding that we need.
Interference with equality, case in point, Governor Otters continued challenge of same sex marriage. Failure to comply with Federal Child Support. Driver's License enhancement.
There is always need for improvement including clarity and common sense. Part-time citizen legislatures have the contact with the community and the individuals they represent. That is a primary responsibility of the representative.
I support Hillary Clinton as the best prepared candidate for the position of Commander and Chief. Her years of service to her country have demonstrated her skills and her commitment to children and her country.
I have never been accused or convicted of any misdemeanor, felony or had a withheld judgment.
I have never filed for bankruptcy or owned a company that filed for bankruptcy.
Age 68
Education Bachelor's of math - Biola University Master's of Admin - College of Idaho Ed Specialist - University of Idaho
Prior political experience 2 years in the House
Civic involvement Kiwanis Church
Years living in Idaho 52
Family Wife Kathy, Son Tyrone and his wife Rache; daughter Erin Bauder and her husband Jared; Mother Marge Kerby of Weiser.
1) Increase percentage of students going on for some sort of post-secondary training or education. I would like to see Idaho go from the absolute bottom of the nation to one of the leaders. I also want to ensure that those students are receiving certificates or degrees that lead to high paying, high demand jobs. Our legislature made some excellent moves in this direction the past couple of sessions. 2) Keep improving our K-12 education system to where it is one of the best and most highly respected in the country during the next 7-10 years. Do this while continuing to make very judicious use of available funds. 3) Government should grow at a slower pace than the economy. I co-sponsored at least 6 tax cut bills the past two years, and none of them became law. This is frustrating. We need to thoughtfully address this the next few years.
I was part of several efforts this year to provide additional funding for our community health centers, who serve many of these folks at the present time. I was frustrated those funds did not make it through the system. We need to do something to address this group because what we are doing now is a really poor business model. (Let people get really sick, then spend a bunch of money on them through indigent care and the CAT fund). Idaho needs its own managed care system. I worked toward that end throughout the session, but we couldn’t get sufficient agreement. I also feel we need to provide health savings accounts in any program we put together so that the people become more conscious of where the money is going, and think more about when they should seek care. I feel strongly there needs to be an education piece within any program. We cannot break or slow the cycle of poverty without health and wellness education for these people. Many non-profits stand ready to help.
We raised operational funding this past session to 2008 levels, which was a good move. But 2008 is not 2016, so we’ll eventually need to bring this up to present day levels. Also, we have funded the first two years of the five-year Career Ladder plan, and will need to finish that over the next few years. We have made some solid moves to improve the go-on rate. Paying for dual credits/AP while in High School, (the original Fast Forward bill of two years ago was an idea I brought to the legislature), was expanded for next school so students can take virtually all of these classes they want and they are paid for. My college scholarship bill (H477) which gives students a scholarship if they earned 10 or more college credits while in HS will help. The scholarship requires a business or industry match, and that will incentivize students to go into majors where there is job demand as well as high paying careers. Direct admission was also a good move.
Our federal forests are not being managed well for either timber production or wildfire. I would like Idaho to have control so we could increase logging to provide more high paying jobs and to improve our economy. At the same time we absolutely must maintain all access for hunting, fishing, backpacking, camping, gathering firewood, four-wheeling, etc. To accomplish this from a fiscal standpoint I favor taking back control slowly over a period of years. We could not afford the firefighting bill as things stand right now, but if we started with maybe a million acres we could reduce fuel loads by thinning (logging) and by cleaning out ladder fuel. In that scenario it takes a 50mph wind to spread the fire, whereas at the present time a small breeze will spread the fire. Firefighting costs are greatly reduced. Then we get to work on the next million acres, and so on. The increased revenue from logging will help with other related costs we would incur.
I was not real happy with the Oil and Gas legislation that passed. I would like to have seen the legislature cut taxes in some way, either income tax or get rid of the sales tax on groceries. I tried to get something done in the Health Care arena, but to no avail. We had good conversations, and I think helped move the ball forward.
I think the major roles are education, infrastructure such as roads, and public safety. I think the legislature functions well. It is a little irritating when you can't get a bill printed, but on the other hand we cant hear 1000 bills. I think for the most part the best legislation moves forward.
I plan to vote for Donald Trump. He will surround himself with good people, and will do a solid job. Most of the outrageous positions he takes will never get through Congress.