November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho House District 12 - Seat B

Incumbent: Republican Rick Youngblood Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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Biographical Information

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 50
Education I obtained my AA degree from Bellevue College, and a BA degree in Organizational Management with an Education minor from Ashford University in Iowa. I'm proud to say I graduated with a 4.0 average while raising a family. I've also had the opportunity to attend Brigham Young University, University of Washington, and Boise State University.
Prior political experience I have always been politically active, campaigning for various politicians, but my interest in local politics escalated a few years ago when I began trying to enact a cottage food law enabling bakers and non-hazardous food producers to bake and sell from home. I joined forces with the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, and together we were able to successfully enable a new cottage food rule and unlock an opportunity for Idahoans to become entrepreneurs and open small home businesses throughout the state. Through this process, I had the chance to interact with our state legislature and discuss issues that are important to me.
Civic involvement In my spare time, I volunteer for several organizations, including a charity that provides cakes to terminally ill children and their families, and I am involved with ministries and committees at Trinity Evangelical Free Church. I am also member of the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils.
Years living in Idaho I first moved to Boise in 1993, but left the area to move around the country as the wife of a soldier. I returned to Nampa in 2007, and plan to stay.
Family I am married to Ryan, and have five children: daughters ages 27 and 24, and sons 19, 17, and 15.
We need to invest in our children's education, starting at the state level. We need quality, affordable health care for all, including the working poor. And hardworking Idaho families deserve economic security in the form of a living wage, as well as affordable housing and childcare. The details will be addressed in the answers to questions below.
As a candidate, I receive heartbreaking letters from Idahoans who will, quite literally, die without affordable medical care. Many of the 78,000 are the working poor. Human life has meaning, and we must close the Medicaid gap. As a state, we are missing out on billions in federal funding, and federal tax revenue collected from our state is being used expand Medicaid elsewhere. Let's bring those funds back home, do the right thing, expand Medicaid, and close the gap. I realize there are concerns about becoming dependent on federal dollars, but there is no other viable solution on the table right now.
Our children are the future of Idaho, yet we are consistently one of the lowest in the nation in per student funding. Because we rely so heavily on local funding through supplemental levies, the wealthiest districts have far more than the poorest districts. We need to not only fund schools at the state level, but ensure that the spending is done in a manner so that our neediest students will be assured of a great education as well. I do believe we are in jeopardy of not meeting our go-on rate goal. We must improve in order for Idaho to have an educated workforce. I feel that within my district, much of the problem is financial concern. We need to find ways to make a post-secondary education affordable. One program that has worked for our family is concurrent/dual enrollment, enabling children to receive college credits while in high school. We should be making sure students have this option, as well as have advisors and mentors in high school who can assist with the process of applying for scholarships and financial aid.
Federalism, or the relationship between the federal and state governments, is already clearly defined. It's a constitutional division of authority. Whether the state is right or wrong to hinder or pre-empt action on the local level, in my view, depends upon the situation and the action. In many instances I side with the local government.

I do not support putting federal lands under state control. Idaho doesn't have the funds to pay to fight forest fires, and historically, Idaho has sold about 40% of the land given to us by Congress when we became a state. Once these lands are sold, it's likely the case that the public will be locked out of using them. We enjoy a unique lifestyle in our state, with hunting, camping, and other recreational use of lands. I'd like to preserve this for future generations of Idahoans.
I opposed the legislation enacted that blocks local increases of the minimum wage. Hardworking Idaho families deserve a living wage, and localities should have the right to determine what that wage will be. I opposed the inaction taken by the legislature to add the four words to the state human rights law. Basic human rights dictate that equal protection under the law should be extended to the LGBT community. And I am not pleased that the legislative session ended without a solution to the citizens in the Medicaid gap.

I supported the changes that were made to the handling of rape kits, mandating they be processed in a timely manner. I agree with the "Right to Try" initiative, that allows terminally ill patients to access experimental treatments. And I am pleased that Idaho has brought our education spending back up to pre-recession levels, although I do feel more needs to be done.
Although we have a part-time legislature, in reality it is a year-round job. Not only do legislators attend and vote during legislative sessions, but they spend the rest of the year studying the issues, coming up with solutions, and listening to and helping their constituents as needed. I believe it is a good system, as long as the legislators are in touch with the voices of the people they represent. Our legislature should be made up of average citizens who are compassionate, understand the struggles, and face the issues on a daily basis.
This presidential election is unique in that is has been unnecessarily divisive. I would rather focus on the local election, and the issues we face in Idaho. I feel it is a better use of my time and energy to bring us together to work for the benefit of our state.
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