Issues

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

•  New, Higher-Paying Jobs!

•  Closer to Home!

We hear all the time that as a nation we are losing quality jobs to other countries, and we are. Here in southeastern Indiana we’re having even more of a job lose problem as we regularly lose quality jobs to Ohio and Kentucky. We must provide opportunities for our people to work for a decent living without having to spend hours on the road every day just to get to and from work. My commitment to you is to work with our communities and existing and potential employers to bring better paying jobs closer to home. That means less time spent on the road and less money spent at the pump. We could all use more money in our pockets and more time to spend with our families and loved ones. I’ll work hard to give everyone that opportunity.

Tax Relief

• Permanent Property Tax Relief!

Everyone across the state, and here in our own neighborhoods, has realized the problem with our property tax system. We need to work towards a goal that we all have in common. We need to ensure that we preserve the dreams and realities of millions of Hoosiers. The people of southeastern Indiana work too hard to be taxed out of their homes. The Indiana Legislative branch has taken steps towards relieving the property tax situation, but there is much more work that needs to be done. Without hard work and responsive, qualified representation that has an eye on the future, this problem isn’t going away! We should all be able to enjoy our homes without the fear of losing them to the mounting costs of an ever-expanding government. I know how important your family’s home is to you. I will work hard to ensure that you don’t run the risk of losing it to a government that is reckless with your hard earned tax dollars.

• Cut Wasteful Government Spending!

• Government accountability to the tax payers!

It is impossible to discuss any kind of meaningful tax relief without discussing government spending. It seems like every time we turn around these days we are faced with the news that our government is spending billions if not trillions of our hard earned dollars. While it obviously takes money to run a State and a Country, there is way to much wasteful government spending going on. Often this is because our officials aren’t listening to what the folks at home want and our out of touch with our needs. We need representation that will take the time to listen to the problems that people who work every day to pay taxes have, and who will be responsive to their needs. With the current state of our economy our government’s budget is going to have to be re-examined to ensure that the money that is entrusted to the government is spent wisely. Our government must be held accountable for the money that is spent, money that we work hard to put in its hands. By insisting on accountability and responsibility we can take advantage of opportunities to keep money in the pockets of those who work hard to provide it. Only by insisting on accountability can we resolve the issues of permanent property tax relief, make sure that our money is spent wisely on the education of our children, and provide a better quality of life for our families.

Family Values

• Abortion – Protecting those who can’t protect themselves.

In my mind the question of whether we as a society should protect human life is not a difficult one to answer. I have always believed that abortion as a form of birth control is absolutely unacceptable and that it is our responsibility to protect the lives of those who can’t protect themselves. We, as a society, must advocate the right to life, and protect the lives of the unborn. When I am elected to the House of Representatives I will always fight to protect life.

• Marriage

To me marriage has been, is, and will always be the union between one woman and one man. I will protect the integrity of the institution of marriage. I believe that a marriage is a union of a man and a woman before their peers, government, and most importantly, God. In southeastern Indiana the family has always been the foundation of our strength of community. Our relationships with our wives, husbands, parents, children, siblings and other loved ones provides the glue that binds our common purpose. In these times of turmoil the rest of the country could learn something from our example. I will fight to make sure that traditional Hoosier and American values are protected and that our elected government works to maintain them. I will also work to make sure that we, in Southeastern Indiana, are an example to others, and that we lead our nation back to the core values that made our country great.

Gaming Revenue

• I will always keep local funds local.

• I will work hard to maintain revenue.

Many people want to know where I stand on the issue of revenues generated by the gaming industry in our district. I have heard concerns that tax revenues from gaming riverboats in our district won’t stay local. Let me be firm and specific on this issue; I will fight to keep funds raised from local gaming in local communities. I will always advocate that revenues that are raised here should stay here! No matter where you stand on the issue of gambling, I’m sure we all recognize that taxes generated here should stay here.

The gaming industry has generated a source of income to our area that is much needed, and we have, in many respects, become dependant upon it. I will never support our State putting their hands into our pocket for those funds. But with Ohio passing into legislation the gaming industry it is no longer enough to simply protect our gaming money from Indianapolis. With competition so close it is going to be increasingly important that we work hard to make our corner of the state an attractive, accommodating and enjoyable destination for people who want to take advantage of our gaming industry. We will need to be proactive and attack this issue vigilantly and with forethought for our future. I believe it’s not enough for us to sit back and enjoy what we have, we must move forward and work to secure our future. By working hard to provide social and economic opportunities, as well as a beautiful place to live, work and visit, we all can come out ahead.

2nd Amendment

• The right to keep and bear arms

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution contains the following:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Our forefathers didn’t just suggest that it was a good idea that the people be able to own firearms. By adopting the Second Amendment to the Constitution they made it clear that law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms, and that the state shall not infringe upon that right. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution is a core value to the Bill of Rights and its purpose is essential to our survival as a free country. Any argument to the contrary not only demeans the sacrifices that generations of our armed forces have made, it also is a step toward the ultimate demise of our country. There are few issues that I’m as unwaiverable on as this one. I will always fight to make sure we protect the right to own firearms.

Education

Education is one of the greatest tools that we can acquire in our lifetimes. Be it in the class room, in your community, or in your daily actions and occurrences, the knowledge we accumulate makes us into valuable and constructive citizens. I believe that education has to be a top priority for Southeastern Indiana. In order to provide the best education for our children, we must make sure that we are attracting and retaining quality teachers. Teachers that can not only instruct our young minds, but to also inspire them to be great thinkers and doers; the type of person that this great nation was created by. Abraham Lincoln once said that, “You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could do for themselves.” Education is the key to helping our young men and women do for themselves so that they may chase the American dream, and continue to help this wonderful nation flourish.With these thoughts ever on my mind, I will always be a supporter of education and making sure that our children are provided every opportunity to be successful.

Energy

• Gas Cost Relief at the Pump

With the possibility of soaring fuel costs always on the horizon, and Cap and Trade legislation being discussed, it as apparent that energy issues need to be addressed. When the costs of fuel, natural gas, and other resources increase we all feel the crunch on our bottom line. We need a plan, we need a change, and we need it now. We need leadership with a fresh perspective that is prepared to lead our state, and our nation, toward energy independence. We can stand by and watch an opportunity for Indiana to excel pass us by, as many have before, or we can choose to separate ourselves from the pack and be a leader in an area that will impact our nation, improve our state and even our own back yard. We need to work smarter and harder toward real solutions in our state to secure our place as a true leader.

Homeschooling

The training and education of a child is one of the most valuable components to our society as a whole. Parents who are involved in the education and training of their children provide their children with the opportunity to be a great contributor to their community. No one has more patience, love and passion to see a child grow and learn than their parent. A parent knows and understands their child. A parent will always spend time attending to the needs and styles of the learning curve of their children. What better way to be sure that a child is educated than by having one-on-one time every day with that child’s parent, and teacher. It is for those reasons that I believe homeschoolers and their rights should be both respected and protected. After all, a parent who is dedicated enough take on such a critical and rewarding role in their child’s life should be supported, not burdened by the government and its restrictions.