November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho House District 16 - Seat B

Incumbent: Democrat Hy Kloc Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Hy Kloc

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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 73
Education BS in Business Education, Western Michigan University
Prior political experience State Representative District 16 2012-Present, Greater Boise Auditorium District, 2011-Present
Civic involvement Idaho Humane Society, Past President, Chair of Boise Complete Count Committee, Executive Director of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, Board member Anne Frank Human Rights Center
Years living in Idaho 15
Family My wife Joan Wallace and I live with our two dogs in the Collister Neighborhood
Twitter page @hykloc
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Education: Investing in education to ensure Idaho’s kids receive a quality education beginning with pre-k. I have introduced bills in the House and will continue to advocate for a pilot pre-k pilot program, to help ensure all of our children receive the start they need to succeed. I support easing the burden on taxpayers by adequately funding public education, including our colleges and universities, at the state level. I proposed a public-private partnership to fund the pilot pre-k program. Economic Development: Economic development that results in good-paying jobs for hard-working Idahoans. I believe that a well-educated workforce, coupled with the beauty and outdoor opportunities we offer, will do more to attract the kind of businesses we need than offering tax cuts in a race to the bottom with other States. Medicaid expansion: “Closing the gap” to ensure that every Idahoan has access to quality health care. Failure to address this issue in the last session was unconscionable. This legislation would save lives, reduce the dollars the State currently spends on the catastrophic fund, and expand health care to a group of Idahoans that currently has none.
I support expanding Medicare to cover the gap population for the reasons mentioned in the answer above. This legislation could be passed with no cost to Idaho for the first ten years, save lives, and reduce the dollars currently spent on emergency care through the catastrophic fund.

Medicaid expansion: “Closing the gap” to ensure that every Idahoan has access to quality health care. Failure to address this issue in the last session was unconscionable. This legislation would save lives, reduce the dollars the State currently spends on the catastrophic fund, and expand health care to a group of Idahoans that currently has none.
The Idaho constitution requires that the State provides an equal education for all students. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and city after city is forced to pass bonds to supplement the State’s failure to provide adequate funding for our schools. Idaho has one of the lowest expenditure per student in the country. Last session there was a 7.4% increase in the education budget, which I supported. However, it was not nearly enough to get back to even 2009 levels. Currently, close to 25% of rural schools are on a four-day week, special clubs and activities have been cut, and graduation rates are some of the lowest in the country. Yes, I believe that we have an obligation to the citizens of Idaho regarding education and we are not living up to our part of the bargain. Quality preschool has proved to have a significant impact on go-on rates in states where implemented. I will continue to advocate and work on legislation that would offer a voluntary, pilot pre-k program in Idaho.
The legislature decided this session to get involved in local issues that are best decided by our towns and cities. In past years, they have made it difficult for our local governments to complete the major projects that are supported by a majority of the voters. We need to let the voters decide what is best and how they wish to see local issues addressed, such as a Local Option. And under no circumstance should the State take over any Federal Land. Besides the cost of maintaining the land, there has been a history where the land has been sold to private interests to cover budget shortfalls. Part of the appeal of Idaho is access to wilderness for recreational activities.
I strongly opposed legislation that decided the state would again meddle in women’s health care issues bejst left to worm and their doctors. I voted against a new version of the Urban Renewal Act that I thought had negative consequences for economic development. I also voted against a bill that restricted the raising of the minimum wage for municipalities in the State, to name just three.

I am most proud of a resolution I presented, honoring the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and all the values she stands for to the world. As a refugee myself, it was important to recognize the things that make our country great. I also supported the legislation that added a felony charge to the penalties for companion animal abuse. This was a major step forward in protecting pets. I was also in favor of legislation that gave the Secretary of State the approval to start the process of developing an on-line voter registration system.
Our citizen Legislature’s role is to pass legislation that addresses the issues facing the residents of Idaho. Governing bodies work most effectively when there is balance of representation and a variety of viewpoints heard. Additional work needs to be done to ensure that government is open and accountable and working for the people, not special interests. I am working on legislation that will make government more transparent. The ability to do good for the people of Idaho should be the prime objective of the Legislature.
Yes, I do support my party's presidential nominee. While I may not agree with her on every issue, the alternative is someone not qualified in any way for the Office of the President.
Boise, 2008 DUI - Charges dismissed 2009.