Candidate running for State Representative
2716 S. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Occupation: Business owner/property maintenance contractor
Education: Training in Aviation, Auto Body Repair, Criminal Justice, and South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Center, 109th Session Certification.
Family: Wife, Kristin, and children Payley (14), Piper (13) and Eliyah (7).
Years residing in your district: 26 years
1. If elected, what is your top priority for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session?
Agricultural Prosperity: The core economic engine in our country and more importantly, our state, is agriculture. Like all industries, government bureaucracy and regulation stifle this industry from being able to achieve its maximum potential. Deregulation, allowing family farmers to grow, raise and pursue alternative crops to expand their profitability is always in the best interest of our state... and vital to our nation's food supply.
2. With COVID-19 our state's projected revenues have fallen short. How will you ensure critical funding for programs such as workforce development and education with decreased tax dollars?
The first step is to make sure that we don't have any obvious wasteful spending. We need to look at our economic development allowances for what has had the largest revenue recapture rate and build on them if possible. We may have some additional tax revenue from some Initiated Measures and/or Constitutional Amendments that are going to be on the ballot this year that has a historically large tax revenue. Beyond this, it is prudent to look at a home owner's property tax reduction. A reduction in owner-occupied property tax can stimulate homeownership, which increases home sales and construction, ultimately increasing the number of taxable dwellings for revenue aside from all the associated economic stimulation from the entire support industry that makes new homeownership possible from sales tax revenue.