One of the largest issues facing our country and state is our aging energy infrastructure. Especially important in the 49th District, energy infrastructure must be updated to keep up with new technologies, keep older power plants online, and ensure our energy future. I am committed to ensuring our energy infrastructure is updated in a timely and fiscally responsible way. In addition, I would like to explore how we can encourage investment in Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMR) or general expansion of nuclear power at Ameren’s Callaway Energy Center, which will bring an abundance of jobs to the area and expand energy in both a timely and cost efficient manner.
A significant ballot issue this year is Amendment 1—the Farming Rights Amendment, due to be voted on in the August primary election. I am dedicated to promoting farmer’s rights across Missouri, that those rights are protected, and that each and every farmer has the right to conduct their business in the manner that they see fit. Agriculture is an important driver of our economy in Missouri and I will always stand by farmers to guarantee they have what they need to succeed and continue to take care of America’s food, energy, and research needs. Because of these factors, you can count on my “Yes” vote on Amendment 1.
In America, as in Missouri, our biggest assets are our future generations. That is why I am committed to working for the education of each and every child in the state of Missouri at every level possible. Not only will I be a fierce advocate for providing the resources schools need in Missouri, but I will also encourage parents to educate their children in the best way they see fit. There are multiple school districts in the 49th District and we must make certain that our students get the best education and have the best opportunity to succeed and make an impact on our society, whether it be in a public, private, or homeschooled environment.
Additionally, I believe that we must invest in post-secondary training and education opportunities such as tech schools, certificate programs, and other non-traditional avenues of training that provide citizens an opportunity to fulfill a passion and provide jobs for our community.
Today, we have the lowest percentage of working age adults in the labor force than at any other time in nearly 40 years (March 1978 – http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/CIVPART). Over the past 6 years, that number has tanked. In Missouri, we have fewer people in the labor force now than we did 6 years ago, even though we’ve seen population increases (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST290000000000003). First, we must have the best education and the best training opportunities available to working adults and our younger generations. Nothing is more attractive to a business than training, infrastructure, and a government that doesn’t stand in the way. Secondly, through partnerships with unions, businesses, schools, churches, friends, family and everything in between, we must connect people to jobs that work well for their individual skills and strengths. Lastly, there must be an environment in Missouri where business flourishes. If our economy grows, everyone benefits.
Encouraging and protecting the family unit has been one of the main reasons our country is great today. Strong families produce healthy children, community leaders, good jobs, entrepreneurs, strong education, and much more. We must encourage families to grow and stay strong together for an even stronger future for Missouri.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
I am committed to making Missouri a friendlier state for business and ending the current trend of over regulation, burdensome tax structures, and lack of serious free market principles. From correcting an overly complex tax code to revising and reducing regulations, I will fight to make Missouri a better, more inviting place to do business. We must also encourage startup entrepreneurship and investment in our state. Therefore, it is imperative that we create an environment where Missourians feel confident to start businesses from the ground up.
I will never waiver in my support of our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. Both Missouri and the U.S. Constitution offer us the lawful right to own firearms. Unfortunately, in the United States, we are fighting against a group of people who do not trust American citizens with their own security and who will do whatever it takes to disarm the American people. We must fight back and certify that Missourians will forever enjoy our 2nd Amendment rights. We must introduce legislation that not only cements our 2nd Amendment rights into law, but also we must fight back against those who are willing to send our private gun ownership data to the federal government (As our state witnessed in 2013 when Governor Nixon sent private concealed carry data to Washington, D.C.).
“All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” I believe that life begins at conception. Therefore, a child in their mother’s womb deserves all the rights mentioned in the U.S. Declaration of Independence quoted above, all the same rights that you and I enjoy. I will always vote to protect the life of the unborn, period. Missouri Right to Life has endorsed my campaign, and I promise to always stand my ground in support of pro-life measures.
Thanks to Republican leadership and a veto proof majority in the House (nearly veto proof) and Senate, our taxes will be reduced slowly over the next couple of years. I firmly believe that Missouri citizens do a much better job of spending their own hard earned dollars than the government ever will. I am committed to lowering burdensome taxes for Missouri citizens and businesses, while confirming our current tax dollars are used wisely. I support reforming our tax code to make it simpler and fair while reducing the rates paid, especially for our suffering lower and middle classes in an economy that isn’t producing enough jobs.