November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho Senate District 21

Incumbent: Republican Clifford Bayer Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Clifford Bayer

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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 BS Biology
Prior political experience Idaho House of Representatives 9 years, Idaho State Senate 4 years
Years living in Idaho 44 years
Family Wife Nicole
My priorities include continuing to support fair and equitable tax policy, advancing economic development and maintaining responsible state appropriations. Tax policy examples include ongoing efforts to reduce the business personal property tax and elimination of the state sales tax on groceries. Economic development includes further responsible access to our natural resources. Appropriation priorities include increased access to dual credits and further development of STEM education opportunities. Costs are covered by economic growth, setting appropriations and tax policy with mutual consideration and using funds such as the existing grocery tax credit to transition to better tax policy.
Medical insurance mandates and a growing federal deficit do not necessarily equate to access of professional medical services by those in need. Broader support and partnerships with community health centers and direct primary care options should be examined prior to any proposals to expand Medicaid and its widely recognized intrinsic inefficiencies.
Equitable funding and facilitation of parent and student education choices. Idahoans continue to invest additional dollars into education staff, buildings and operations, via local, state and federal taxes. Financial focus needs to be in the classroom and in allowing diversity of education opportunities in order to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Go-On rates can be improved by a more inspiring, successful high school experience. We would also benefit by a reduction of remedial classes taught at the college level, which is one of the most expensive forms of education.
Local governments and taxing districts are subdivisions of the State of Idaho. Our federal government is empowered by the States. Several states have statutes that are in direct conflict with federal law. It is often challenging to determine what issues can and should be determined at a local level verses what should be fair and equitable policy for all Idahoans. Idaho should pursue gaining further authorization for public/federal land management and natural resources development.
Opposed: Preemptive ban on "powdered alcohol"...was a posturing measure with no scientific basis for the concerns expressed. Means testing the grocery tax engineering via tax policy. Authorization for unmarked law enforcement vehicles broader application...does not lend to "protect and serve" public mission. Supported: Firefighter workers compensation presumptive disease...based on sound medical science, good policy for our public safety providers. Companion animal torture felony status...common sense. To provide for an opportunity for the Legislature to consider a "veto override" after session has adjourned...maintain balance of power between the Legislature and the Executive branch.
Overall, Idaho has a reasonable balance of legislative responsibility and access. One of our most important provisions is to balance the state budget each and every year.
I am supporting my fellow Republican candidates.