November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho House District 21 - Seat B

Incumbent: Republican Thomas Dayley Term: 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?

Education BA Brigham Young University MA University of Southern California
Prior political experience Elected Idaho House of Representatives 2012 and 2014
Civic involvement American Legion, United Way, GOP offices, Church volunteer, Boy Scouts, Homeowner Association, Bilingual volunteer,
Years living in Idaho 5th generation Idahoan
Family Wife: Catherine 2 children, 3 grandchildren (4th in May)
1. Budget: One of the primary functions of the legislature is to authorize expenditure of taxpayer dollars. My priority is to spend taxpayer dollars efficiently. Everything must be done within the available dollars. 2. Education: We must provide parental choice, increase program options, utilize available technology and effectively spend the limited funds. 3. Taxes: This requires regular review to ensure fairness while keeping rates competitive when compared to other states. We should always search for ways to cut taxes.  
It is important to note that Idaho chose to address the needs within this population in the 1980’s with the creation of the CAT and Indigent funds. One constituent told me the indigent fund worked well for them and saved them from bankruptcy. However, it is generally accepted that there is a need to review and adjust this and other Idaho health programs. Any adjustments must be careful, calculated, have a focus on improvement, and be an Idaho solution within available funds. Simple Medicaid expansion, relinquishing our financial decisions to a federal government that has dramatically escalating deficits based on out of control expenditures, is not good policy or financially wise. The Legislature is and must spend sufficient time in order to put together appropriate changes to the existing system that address the needs within budget. I believe some important options to consider are health savings accounts, direct primary care and catastrophic health insurance. Remember, providing health insurance does not provide health care. We were close to a partial solution this session and there is a working group being formed to develop ideas for January 2017.
It is not possible to resolve important education issues, including funding, by simple percentage increases. Schools cannot be improved by just giving them more money. Also more money for a particular program is not necessarily a good strategy. Increased funding in some programs could be a negative and decreased funding in some programs could be a positive. We must evaluate and base decisions on what is working and what is not. And focus all action on the impact at the classroom level.
The tenth Amendment into the U.S. Constitution states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Article 1 Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution states, …”the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.” It is important for states to follow the advise of Justice Roberts in the Affordable Care Act Decision and use state authority under the Tenth Amendment more effectively.

All political subdivisions within the state are creations of the state and subject to pre-emptive action by the state.

Idaho should seek to ensure that all public lands within the state are managed efficiently, effectively and judiciously.
I supported more than three things but several important things were: Criminal Justice reform legislation, Improvements to Foster Care, and education choice, reading intervention, computer science initiative and increased education funding.

I opposed more than three things but some important things were: rejection of several rules, some appropriations bills, and the Senate amendments to the House passed Health Care Initiatives Program.  
I believe our system works well within the parameters established by our founding fathers. By design it is time-consuming, frustrating, and limiting. However, we should always look for ways to improve how we do things.
I support Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President. The truth is one of the two major party candidates will be the next president of the United States. I prefer the know limitations of Donald Trump to the more-than thirty year Hillary Clinton record of corruption and inadequacy.
Age 58
Education Bachelors of Business Administration from Boise State University
Prior political experience none
Civic involvement Idaho state chair for Million Women Mentors (MWM) a national movement to increase the number of girls and young women who persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.
Years living in Idaho 55
Family Husband and teenage son
Keep what makes Idaho unique and not sell it off to the highest bidder. Our public lands are unique in the world, let’s save them for our grandchildren.

Education needs good facilities, good curriculum and materials, and compensation that doesn’t punish those who work with the most under-served or underachieving.

Whether sidelined by medical treatment inequalities or at risk of discrimination, all Idaho residents deserve humane treatment and legal civil protections.
The moral indecency of not taking action to protect those with life threatening and crippling health problems and leaving them without medical coverage because of their low, but not low enough income, is unconscionable. This is a fix it now, tweak it later issue and the fastest way is to move money out of the catastrophic-medical program and into Medicaid.
Schools supported by property taxes are inherently unfair and while we also add in per-student dollars from the state, our small and remote school districts have much more difficulty than urban areas in providing access to an equitable education. A good teacher can’t be an effective teacher without supplies, facilities, and a supportive administration. A good student can’t be an enthusiastic learner without a sense of accomplishment. Our schools can’t be a great educational system without a positive environment consisting of funding, opportunities at all levels, and good will from their local and state communities. Funding needs to increase. Being last in the amount we provide per student is not a badge of honor.

We’ve found some things that seem to work to increase go-on rates. Among them are near-peer mentoring and AVID. I'm interested in seeing the results of this year's implementation of the money allocated last year into additional college and career counseling. I'd also like to see increased credentialing opportunities for high school students in trade jobs or apprenticeships they can enter right out of high school.
Idaho receives tremendous benefits from federal land within our borders including tangible federally funded jobs in our rural communities and the intrinsic beauty of solitude and nature. We are lucky to have so much public land, open spaces, and wild environment and I oppose efforts to transfer federal lands to state governments. Valley County is seeing the results of private land ownership changes resulting in traditionally open privately owned forests being post no-trespassing. Idaho's beauty should not be owned by just the privileged few.

The state should heed its own advice and provide more time for public comment on laws it passes to fix a single complaint or an "ALEC" suggestion. Elected representatives are too reactionary to local business disputes that most citizens would take to the courts instead of the legislature. The legislature won't let the latest science standards be approved for education after two years of public meetings and yet laws prohibiting local level control like the "ban on plastic bag bans" are passed in days.
Three actions opposed:

Landowners mineral rights being “forced pooled” for oil & gas extraction

Breach of employment agreement changed so that the ex-employee must prove that former employer was not harmed (proving a negative) instead of the standard proof of harm (proof of a positive).

Placing the "legislative veto" constitutional amendment back on the ballet this year after already failing to be passed two years ago. The legislative veto on agency rules has already been supported by the courts there is no need to change our state constitution.

Three actions supported:

Right to Try – John’s Law to allow patients with a fatal diagnosis the right to ask a physician for access to drugs not yet fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration

Sexual assault evidence kits – must be processed and victim must be notified if processing is delayed

Educational Funding – multiple bills – More must be done but finally moving in the right direction
There are additional improvements needed to make the lawmaking process more accessible to the average citizen, especially in providing adequate notice for the opportunity to provide public input during hearings. I'm a tech person so I get most of my information by going to the Legislative web site. I don't think it's currently very user friendly and I think improvements are needed to help our far flung citizens participate when they don't have the resources to be on site every day like paid lobbyists.
I support and will vote for Hillary Clinton. I understand that she comes with baggage that some can't look past but for me when I look at what she's done with her life and what she wants to do for our country then I look at intent. I sincerely believe that she is trying to do what's best for us, for we the people, and not what's best for herself or for international conglomerates. I think she can see more than one side of an issue and understand why others might view topics differently. It's a vastly different head space than the presidential candidate from the other party.