November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho House District 17 - Seat B

Incumbent: Democrat Sue Chew Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Tabby Jolley

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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 61
Education Bachelor of Science in Biology of Natural Resources from UC Berkeley, Doctor of Pharmacy from UC San Francisco, Residency in Geriatrics from UW at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Boise
Prior political experience Citizen legislator for Idaho District 17 for five terms
Civic involvement Active member in a number of community organizations including the Friendship Free Clinic, AAUW, Idaho Chinese Organization, the Interfaith Alliance, and the Idaho Conservation League.
Years living in Idaho 30 years
Family Loving extended family including my aunties, uncles, and cousins who act as my most trusted advisors
1. For all Idahoans to have accessible and affordable healthcare. Replace the costly, wasteful, broken “fee-for-service” system with one that is low cost, effective, emphasizes primary-care to help all of us including the 78,000 mostly working Idahoans in the coverage gap . Savings come from eliminating waste and inefficiency. 2. Increase funding for a first-class education without raising taxes by eliminating out-of-date tax exemptions. For example, restoring 25% of the nearly $1 billion in exemptions would bring about $250 million that we could distribute towards affordable college, attracting and retaining great teachers, and restoring smaller classrooms. A robust education brings 21st century prosperity. 3. Transportation is a key consideration for businesses looking to move to Boise. As the Treasure Valley moves towards 1 million people, new roads and a sound public transit system is needed to avoid gridlock. I would suggest the Idaho Legislature: A.) allows local options for local needs, B.) develops a bold transportation plan and funds it to deal with both the deteriorating roads and bridges, and C.) builds the new roads and infrastructure that the Treasure Valley will need
Rather than another year of 150 unnecessary deaths/yr, out-of-control county property taxes & drawing off the revenues the state needs for education & other public needs, provide the vulnerable in the gap with dollar-smart healthcare. It is actually cheaper all the way around: Affordable access to a medical provider, the labs, tests, meds if prescribed, hospitalization if needed is a full-care solution. It is cheaper than the half-measure solution with no labs, referrals, or hospitalization that was proposed this year. That would have had the state paying the whole bill & getting far less. A Medicaid program that is Idaho redesigned for efficiency, incorporates self responsibility & provides good care is the program I would like to see. $165 million in savings & new revenue over the next 6 years from Behavioral Health,& county & state indigent spending is helpful. Potential savings to the Dept of Corrections spending are likely substantial, but haven’t been forecasted yet. By returning our taxpayer dollars to Idaho we can create good paying healthcare jobs & stimulate local economies. Most important though is it saves lives, lives otherwise forfeited due to preventable deaths.
The Idaho Constitution in Article IX obligates the Idaho State Legislature to maintain a system of public schools for the stability of the state. Accordingly, this public school system is to be thorough and uniform so it is fair across all its school districts and general in its content so all kids get the same quality education. To fund the 2017 budget at 2009 levels is a good start but not enough for our students - not when 40+ school districts are on 4-day school weeks due to lack of funding. The Legislature should tap into the overflowing rainy day funds as a source of revenue. The 8-10% increase in funding this year to universities, community colleges, and career technical education is not enough either - not when higher education took the largest hits in the state by having their budgets cut 20% for years. So how can we improve the percentage of high schoolers continuing on to college and finishing a 4 year degree? By building on this year's focus on education, restoring funding back into Pre-K to college education, and funding needs-based scholarships.
Each level of government has its role and is designed to work with each other to assure the services and safety net for the people. Because local government deals with such issues as local economic development, local public works, and local parks and recreation, it is the form of government most people deal with and is considered closest to the people. Considering, secondly, the uniqueness of communities across the state, I think preemption bills or one-size-fits-all management should be done infrequently and for a serious reason. Concerning federal lands, I do not think any further state resources should be spent on pursuing ownership or control of lands deemed federal. Each government has its role. State government should focus on still unmet yet constitutional requirements charged to the state such as education (discussed above), its own responsibilities concerning meeting court mandated standards of public defense, and other services and safety net issues on its own to-do list.
Opposed: 1. A $2 million addition to the Constitutional Defense Fund because the Legislature should not be expanding resources for a fund expressly to defend bills known to be unconstitutional and likely to be litigated. (S1421)

2. Removing the cost of living adjustments to our $100,000 home tax exemption takes us backwards on a hard-won adjustment to equalize the burden between taxes paid by homeowners and taxes paid by the vacation homeowners and businesses. (H431)

3. Prohibiting local government from deciding for themselves what they will and what they will not do is government overreach. (H372 & H463)

Supported: 1. The Firefighters Presumptive Illness bill allows the presumption that firefighters sickened by cancers and lung disease well established to be linked to their occupation qualify for workman's compensation unless medical evidence shows otherwise. (H554)

2. The suicide hotline has long needed funding and, with insufficient alternative resources, mental health calls are triaged here. The hotline will benefit from resources and funding to meet those needs. (H566)

3. Funding to the needs-based Opportunity Scholarship helps students go on to college. (S1398)
In Idaho, our part time Legislature is one that comes together to work as one body for several months a year. The People’s business includes translating the public will into public policy, levying taxes, and appropriating money. The Idaho Legislature also “oversees the administration of the state agencies.” Being part time, the time for us all to be together is compressed with a slow January, a busy February, then a frenetic March. In contrast, professional or full time Legislatures go year round so the legislators have more time and, rather than seasonal staff, have steady staff with institutional memory and expertise on the topics that come forward. Full time staffers also have more ability to actually oversee the administration of agencies. For a part time legislature to rival full time ones, they need extra care in transparency, communication, and time dedicated especially during the off-season. Unfortunate outcomes like the Students Come First laws that had to be reversed by referendum, loss of investments by the State Treasure’s office, and millions still being lost in the broadband situation need to be lessons - not trends - to us.
I do support my party's presidential nominee. I support her because she IS the most qualified candidate.
Age 60
Education Graduate of Boise State University-BA in Communication, minor in Dispute Resolution/Mediation. Certified Senior Professional Supply Manager, SPSM. Certified Grant Writer and Manager.
Prior political experience Tabby testified before Legislative committee on behalf of Foster Parents. While at Dept. of Commerce Division of Tourism, she wrote, updated, and held hearing for all the tourism grant rules. The tourism grant program rules had to be approved by Legislation before becoming law.
Civic involvement American Cancer Society -Board of Directors/Special Events Coordinator. Wishing Star Foundation –President, Board of Directors and Special Events Coordinator. Freedom Resource Center- Board of Directors, Treasurer, Grant writer. Intern for Small claims court-While studying for a minor in Mediation/ Dispute Resolution.
Years living in Idaho 40 years
Family Tabby Jolley has been married to her husband Jackson Jolley, a 4th generation Idahoan, for over 30 years and has raised 6 children in Boise; including three adopted children. One of Tabby's adopted children is a very special little girl with autism. Tabby is in the trenches and familiar with the struggles that families face when raising a special needs child. She has 11 Grandchildren, and 3 Great-grandsons. She has fostered 12 children over her many years of service as a foster parent.
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JOBS AND ECONOMY: As a small business owner, I support entrepreneurial freedom to sustain economic growth. I support deregulation of burdensome red tape and streamlining processes to let businesses thrive and generate jobs. HEALTHCARE: I support an IDAHO solution to insurance coverage for those who can’t afford it. I support quality care from a variety of resources. I support greater access to primary health care and the ability to purchase healthcare insurance from out of state companies. EDUCATION: I support adequate funding for education with accountability for results. I support funding special needs and at risk students. I support parental choice to meet their child’s needs whether Public, Private or Home School.

I support educating the people of Idaho so they can make informed decisions about how to spend their health care dollars. One option is to replace the current system and allow employers to purchase insurance from the most competitive providers. Another option is to have employers give the money they would have spent on health care to employees. That tax-free money would only be used in a way that seems most prudent by the employees, whether that would be for health savings accounts, purchasing insurance privately or using exclusive doctor groups or hospital plans. If you don’t have employer based health care dollars a refundable tax credit could provide health care money. The idea is to let the free market provide health care options to an informed consumers who make health decisions in their own best interests. That would mean having out of state companies compete in the Idaho markets to create a more completive price for healthcare insurance.
The State’s obligation is to provide its children with an education so that they can compete for jobs, have the wherewithal to make reasonable decisions regarding their own lives and to be good citizens. in order to accomplish this goal the citizens and parents must have some say in how their children are educated. i believe parents should be given the right to determine their children’s education, whether that is through a public, private or home school environment.
I strongly oppose proposals aiming to transfer our public lands to the states or private interests. The states are not equipped to properly manage our public lands. A unified effort is essential, between our communities and government agencies, to restore access and protect our resources for current and future use. Natural resources play a vital role in Idaho and provide needed funds to support local jobs that improve our tax base. This is essentially true in rural areas because resource policy greatly affects jobs related to tourism, hunting, and fishing. The potential transfer of our public lands threatens vital habitat for wildlife and the ability to access these lands for hikers, hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Most importantly, it poses a threat to millions of acres of land that belong to all Americans.
1) I oppose the last minute efforts to pass a bill for the Health GAP before proper research was done. 2) I oppose prohibiting medical marijuana oil in cases where it could better the health of an individual with illness. 3) I oppose the government trying to taking parents rights away when their religious beliefs are different from mainstream society.

1) I support the increase in the education budget, with accountability for results 2) I support allowing citizens to carry guns in the city limits without a concealed weapons permit. 3) I would support a unified effort between our communities and government agencies, to restore access and protect our resources for current and future use.
The proper role of a part-time legislature is to represent the best interests of its constituents. It does that by coming together for a season to discuss and debate the intents and outcomes of legislation. Then for a greater season that same legislature lives under the very laws it enacts with the very people for whom the laws were intended to help, thereby keeping legislative processes and intents grounded in the people who are most effected by it. I believe that the principal goal should be to have a legislature that is an independent and coequal branch of government, able to effectively represent the views of constituents, to pass laws and balance the power of the executive branch works well.
Yes, I plan on voting for Donald Trump, because of the items listed below: 1) I think he has good ideas regarding Healthcare reform. Allow vendors to compete in markets across state lines as long as it complies with state requirements. 2) Trade Reforms- reclaim millions of American jobs and revive our manufacturing. 3) Rebuild Military-Our military in depleted. We need to spend what we need to rebuild our military. 4) Radical Islam-Containing and defeating radical Islam must be a major foreign policy of the United States. 5) Immigration Reform- Laws passed in accordance with our Constitution. 6) Fixing the economy-Changing out tax, energy, and regulatory policies will produce millions of new jobs. 7) Veterans Reform-Ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA, or choose private medical care. 8) His choices for our Supreme Court Judges would be similar to mine. I do not trust Hilary Clinton, I think she is a criminal and gets preferential treatment when anyone else would be in jail. I wish Trump would hold his tongue and not say the things that he says, however I think he is the best of the two.
I plead guilty to a misdemeanor for disturbing the peace, in 2002, in Boise.
I was the owner of Treasure Valley General Construction in Boise, Idaho. As part of the real estate market crash in 1998, I lost the business and filed bankruptcy. I learned that though life may go bad and you have to do things you never thought you would; you can recover and prove you are financially responsible. It was a one time incident from which some very hard life lessons were learned.