Government must be frugal, efficient, honest, just, and reasonable. Taxes and government regulations must be kept to a minimum. When laws become too numerous, they also become oppressive and burdensome. I am committed to understanding the consequences and long-term implications of legislation. I will fight for simplicity and clarity in the law. Sometimes, the most important thing is not to pass new law but to repeal some laws and make existing law more reasonable and understandable. My first questions will always be, the following: “Is it the proper role of government; is it needed, is it affordable, is it sustainable.”
One of the most important issues for me is education. Attracting and retaining excellent, gifted teachers is the most important thing we can do to strengthen education in Idaho. Our teachers must have the resources they need to be successful. Every teacher must have more control over what they do, not less control. Teachers need the freedom to be creative and passionate about their subject matter and their individual teaching methods and to put their students’ needs first. Every student must have to best opportunities to learn and grow and to receive as much education as they need to be successful.
Economic Freedom and Agriculture
I believe in the free market’s ability to encourage creativity and genius in the people. One of the most important sources of our happiness is our privilege to reap the benefits of our own labor and enjoy the benefits of our own property. I believe in giving people economic independence and the opportunities to be self-sufficient. I will do everything I can to maintain economic freedom for business and agriculture—for both large and small enterprises and operations.
The Idaho National Laboratory
I clearly understand the importance of the INL to America and Idaho. It continues to play a strategic role in energy, security, and other innovative technologies. Its impact on the economy of eastern Idaho is tremendous. We are blessed to have it here. The opportunity for Idaho’s young people to secure high paying jobs in exciting and productive careers is also extremely important to our future. My father-in-law was a physicist at the site for many years; two of Ramona’s brothers worked (one is still working there) at the INL; three of my sons worked there at various times in their careers; I worked for two years (full-time and then part-time while going back to graduate school) at the INL as a technical writer and as an operations and project manager at Test Area North.