Economy and Jobs
It’s no secret the 33rd Assembly District is in desperate need of good-paying jobs. In fact, over 82,000 of High Desert workers are commuting up and down the Cajon Pass. As a small businessman, I know how to work with the private sector to bring more jobs to the region. We must also continue to push for more career technical training programs in our local high schools and community colleges. In order to be successful, our students must have the skills that employers are seeking.
We must protect our Nation’s heroes. In March, Governor Newsom wanted to put the Barstow Veterans’ Home on the budget chopping-block. I stood with Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, Mayor Hackbarth-McIntyre and the residents saying “no” and attending a grassroots effort from the community to lobby against the closure of the Veterans’ home – and won. Sacramento politicians often let Veterans go forgotten – rest assured that I will not forget about their sacrifices to our Nation.
Protecting our Neighborhoods
While out-of-touch Sacramento politicians are busy calling for the defunding of local police departments, convicted felons are being released early from prison. Even worse, now they’re pushing to eliminate cash bail, a move that would prevent many repeat offenders from serving a single day in jail. As a local mayor, I implemented tough-on-crime policies that decreased violent offenses across the board. In the State Assembly, I will protect local law enforcement funding and fight to keep dangerous felons off our streets and behind bars.
Fighting Taxes and Bureaucracy
Taxes are shredding the budgets of California families. Our neighbors are over-taxed and under-serviced by their state government. Have you noticed how many job creators have fled California for cheaper states like Arizona, Texas and Nevada? Every year, the State Legislature and our Governor pass new taxes and regulations that make it harder and harder for small businesses to survive. We must pump the brakes on this insanity and stop the Sacramento special interests from fleecing our pockets. It’s time that California legislators live within their means.
Standing Up for Prop 13
Proposition 13, the landmark initiative that protects homeowners from property tax increases, is once again on the chopping block. It’s no secret that establishment politicians have long coveted removing Proposition 13 protections to pay for their fiscal mismanagement. I won’t back down from my commitment to keeping Proposition 13 on the books. We shouldn’t balance our budget on the backs of homeowners.
Defending the 2nd Amendment
As a proud member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), I believe that all law-abiding citizens should have the right to own a firearm. Subversive efforts to undermine this right violate the U.S. Constitution. I will oppose any and all attempts to infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights.
Improving Our Local Roads and Highways
After years of neglect, our infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Sacramento politicians continually raid our road repair funds to cover their wasteful spending elsewhere in the budget. California has the highest gas taxes in the county, yet our region receives very little of the benefit. As your Assemblyman, I will fight to bring more transportation State funds for our local communities.
Restore Local Control for Our Students
Our education system is in trouble. California ranks near the bottom when it comes to public education. That is not acceptable. I fully support returning spending and curriculum decisions to the local school boards – not Sacramento bureaucrats. California has a track record of failure for our students and I remain committed to local control of education and parental choice.
The State has spent nearly $3 billion over the last two years to address the growing homeless problem, yet the problem has only worsened in our community. The establishment politicians in Sacramento refuse to do anything besides throw more money at the problem. It’s clearly not working. Instead, we should be looking at reforming our mental health laws by making it easier for conservatorships to be granted in court.