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Our education system is severely lacking vision. We look at short term and incremental changes without answering any basic questions of our schools, such as "What is a great teacher?" or "What does a excelling student look like?". In regards to teachers, I believe that we need to define what a great teacher is, work backwards and structure our incentives to accordingly lead teachers to become great. The same needs be done for our students and schools. Without addressing these questions, we will continue to try "flavor of the month" approaches and stagnate.
With the cooperation of nonprofits and churches, we need to continue services that deal with the basic needs of folks without a home: food, shelter and hope. We need policies that promote affordable housing and more jobs, such as providing incentives for buildings with housing for middle income folks (which then opens up housing for others). Frankly speaking, there still is a great challenge for those dealing with mental illness who live on the streets.
I would aim to broaden our tax base. We could begin by taking a close look at the tax credits our State awards. Government has a role in spurring ideas and industries that will benefit us, but not funding them indefinitely. We need to invest in new and worthy ideas that further broaden our tax base in the 21st century.
This is an all of the above strategy: restoring bus routes, bike paths, sharrows, walkable communities. Whatever we can do to take cars off the road benefits our environment and people. The simple idea of restriping the freeway was a cheap, quick means to accommodate our commuters, and I'd be all for similar policies that make full use of what we already have.
I would willing to vote for a bill that imposes term limits on legislators. I would also would be supportive of any bill that taxes lobbying.
My wife and I frequent the Wednesday Blaisdell Farmer's Market.
This past year we took advantage of an exchange program that gave us CFL light bulbs for our old regular fluorescent ones. We also use an app to track our gas mileage and mpgs.
keep it for farming
The State does not control how or if the rail is implemented, and rail has not been the focus of State candidates. The State did raise funds for it, though. I am all for mass transit, but am fiscally concerned about the rail. I would oppose any sort of further GET tax increase to pay for any shortfalls or cost overruns with the rail. I would also be amenable to using the funds already raised for the rail for other traffic reduction projects that are ready to get cars off the road, greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere and folks back home with the families quicker.