Personal Liberty

The people of Missouri are known for their strength of character. Hard work, determination, and tenacity are built into the DNA of every resident. We expect our state and federal government to listen when we speak. Recently, Missouri sent a resounding cry to our state government, and our federal elected officials: Right to Work was wrong for Missouri.

Job Creation

I believe in free market principles and ideas. Missouri ingenuity, mixed with healthy competition, is the fastest way for our economy to grow. Missouri is at its lowest unemployment rate since September of 2000, and that’s a testament to Missouri job creators. The government’s job is not to pick winners and losers, or to create jobs.

Therefore, I support:

  1. Looking at our overburdened regulatory system and rebuilding it to be lean, efficient, and promote entrepreneurship.
  2. Actively working against any attempt to implement Right To Work legislation – the people of Missouri have spoken on this issue, and it is time for our government to listen.
  3. Working to ensure that community colleges have a platform that can promote investment and job diversity in local communities.
  4. Improving the infrastructure in the 109th district, focusing on highway expansion and streamlining where appropriate.

Spending and Taxation

We have an inverse approach when dealing with taxes, tax reduction, and spending in our state. We focus on reducing taxes at the top of the tax bracket with the hope that higher profits for companies will inject more money into our economy, but it just allows for further consolidation of wealth. Businesses grow when they have more customers, with ready access to cash. Increasing that supply of cash should be a priority in any tax legislation.

Therefore, I support:

  1. Focusing on cutting taxes from the bottom up to put more money in the pockets of working families.
  2. Increasing legislative oversight for bureaucratic budget expanses; requiring approval from the legislature before accepting federal grants.
  3. Implementing changes to the tax code to simplify it, ensuring that effective tax rates are fair, simple, and properly balanced.
  4. Reducing the need for local municipalities to raise local taxes, (in the form of property and sales tax) for public education.

Education

Read more about education (here).

We want to provide a solid foundation for future generations. In order to do that, we need to treat our teachers better, and provide our schools with real, adequate funding. Since 2010, our state has had 25 school districts adopt a 4-day a week school schedule. This is with a fully funded foundation formula. That alone tells us that the foundation formula is broken.

Therefore, I support:

  1. Improving the foundation formula to properly fund all schools, including transportation.
  2. A focus on preparing students for trade-work as well as college education.
  3. Provide teachers with flexibility to try new, innovative teaching methods.
  4. Promote policies that reduce bullying and promote transparency.
  5. Advocating against open-enrollment and charter schools, which divert funds from rural school districts.
  6. Providing adequate funding to ensure safety for children in classrooms, including investments in campus design and safety features that make it difficult for intruders to gain access to the classroom.
  7. A focus on improving technology training for all students, including enhancing computer training curriculum.

Farming and Environment

Read more about farming (here).
Read about the Sporlan Valve Plant (here).

Agriculture is a large part of the Missouri Economy, accounting for $88 billion every year. A Missouri tradition, the small family owned farm, is quickly becoming a relic. Large out of state and out of country corporations are manipulating market prices, and lobbying Jefferson City. This makes it impossible for small farms to make ends meet, and compete fairly in the marketplace. We need to stand behind our family farms, and ensure that they have access to markets.

Therefore, I support:

  1. Increasing internet access for rural areas.
  2. Investing in rural infrastructure projects to improve market access for farmers.
  3. Allowing local municipalities to regulate CAFO waste management.
  4. Limiting the number of out of state/out of country owned/operated CAFO operations in Missouri.
  5. Investing in renewable energy, and providing incentives to energy companies to voluntarily increase reliance on new sources of energy.
  6. Increasing fines for illegal dumping to create an adequate deterrent.

The Platform

The Platform

Personal Liberty

Personal Liberty

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Voting

Healthcare

Healthcare 

Guns

Gun Rights

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