A wise gentleman once told me that “town-life along the Snake River would dry up if agriculture was gone, but town-life along the Snake River would spring up if agriculture was present”.
Agriculture, it’s what drives our state’s economy. Keeping family farms and ranches a viable way to make a living will be a challenge. With rising transportation costs, diminishing Idaho water rights, limited marketing opportunities and costly solutions to federal regulations, Idaho agricultural operations need legislators who will be vigilant in advocating for their essential needs.
Idaho’s water rights will be challenged again not only within our state but to outside interests. Being watchful and creative in keeping and maintaining adequate water flow for our county is one of the duties of our legislators, but it cannot be done without the help of local residents. As your legislator I want to work with you to address this necessity.
We know that being good stewards of our land benefits all Idahoans. In Idaho we protect our land and natural resources. Extremist environmental and animal rights agendas have no place in our state. Environmental lawsuits are putting our ranchers and farmers out of business by increasing production costs and disallowing productivity. Idaho decision makers must be willing to do all they can to curb this extreme, destabilizing agenda.
In 2011 the Idaho Legislature passed a sweeping education reform package that changed the landscape of education in our state. I believe that the students, education staff and parents of our state deserve efficient, effective implementation of this plan for the stabilization of our schools.
Managing Idaho’s new Students Come First education reforms has become a cumbersome process for local school boards and their employees. The Idaho Department of Education seems to be learning and adjusting themselves in the process as they proceed with assisting the local school districts to implement it. I want local district boards to have needed latitude, with guidance, in a timely manner when implementing these reforms.
Through the years as I volunteered in the classrooms throughout my school district I became aware of the demands and mandates enforced on teachers and administrators. It seemed to me that there was never a reduction in what was required, just a replacement or addition. With the increased amounts of technical knowledge and skills that teachers will be receiving, I would like to make it possible for them to rid their plates of the amount of requirements that have been building up over time. The stage has been set; now let educators do what they do best, educate students.
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