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Fighting for Hardworking Arkansas Taxpayers

 

Arkansas needs a new conservative majority in the Arkansas Senate that will fight for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers, increase transparency and oversight of state government, and change the status quo that has existed in Arkansas for the last 140 years. I am committed to ensuring that the common-sense conservative principles Arkansas families are protected and defended at every level of government.

 

Economy and Jobs

 

The federal government has driven our national debt to unsustainable levels. We must reign in deficit spending at the federal level. I will protect the Arkansas balanced budget law and encourage the federal government to adopt the same standard.

 

A Conway businessman, I know what it means to balance a budget for my business and family, and I am honored to have earned the trust of others in Conway and Faulkner County to manage their hard-earned money. As a senator, I have proposed and supported legislation that fights for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers and makes state government more accountable to the people. I have also proposed legislation to provide tax incentives for small business owners and corporations to create new jobs for Arkansas workers. We have seen many industries close their operations in our state and move. By lowering taxes on small business owners and other companies, we can rebuild a solid base of industry in our state by attracting new employers to Arkansas that will create new jobs for Arkansas workers.

 

I commit to continue working with local Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations to attract, develop and retain new businesses and industrial development in the communities of Senate District 35. As I return to serve you in the Arkansas Senate, I will continue to build relationships with public and private organizations to enhance economic development and make our district a better place to live, work and raise a family.

 

Second Amendment

Arkansans should have the right to defend their homes, property and their lives from those that would seek to harm them. I believe that every law abiding citizen in our nation has the individual right to own firearms and no law should be passed that infringes upon that right. I am a proud Life Member of the NRA and am honored to have earned their endorsement in my last campaign. I am also an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and proudly stand with Arkansas families that participate in this time-honored way of enjoying the Natural State. Hunting is not a tradition, it is a right.

I will continue to support the rights of all hunters in our state and will fight against any legislation that will limit those rights.

 

Taxes

 

I support the complete elimination of Arkansas’s sales tax on groceries.

 

Our ranchers and farmers compete not only locally, but in global market. I will introduce legislation to reduce the tax burden on family farms to support our current agricultural base and encourage young families to enter this vital industry. I will also offer legislation to eliminate the capital gains tax on the sale of livestock.

 

I support the elimination of the state sales tax on used vehicles. During these continuing bad economic times, the tax burden on our hardworking citizens should be reduced wherever possible. The state of Arkansas already receives sales tax revenue on the sale of all new vehicles. The elimination of the used car tax will allow Arkansas workers a consistent way to travel to their jobs and help Arkansas families keep dependable transportation in place.

 

Healthcare

I am proud to have joined several of my colleagues in the Arkansas General Assembly in signing an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court arguing that President Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. Healthcare is an individual choice and no citizen of should be forced by the federal government to purchase a product simply for being alive. As a senator, I was proud to stand up for the rights of Arkansans and to fight the implementation of key components of Obamacare in our state while the question of the health care law’s constitutionality was being considered by the courts. I strongly disagree with my fellow legislators who have publicly promised to actively work on establishing Obamacare in Arkansas and those who have said the law is just something we as citizens would just have to accept.

Arkansas is facing a significant shortfall in our Medicaid trust fund in 2013, risking this program that is important to so many Arkansans. I have proudly voted in support of responsible efforts to make up the shortfall. I will continue to work with colleagues to ensure Arkansas’s Medicaid program is sustainable, stable and continues for future beneficiaries.

 

Pro-Life

 

God's greatest gift is the gift of life. The sanctity of life and the importance of family are principles that guide me every day. Life begins at the moment of conception and we, as leaders, have a moral and spiritual obligation to protect the life of children. I will continue to proudly support pro-life legislation in the Arkansas General Assembly and will be vocal in my defense of the least among us.

 

Traditional Marriage

I support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. I will defend traditional marriage in Arkansas and I will fight any attempt to redefine marriage within our state.

 

Education

 

I believe that education is the key to our state's future development. Every decision that we make should be with the student first in mind. Education in Arkansas should be focused upon the quality of instruction. I believe that parents should have the choice to enroll their children in public schools, private schools or to home-school their children.

 

Crime

I am a strong advocate for responsible law enforcement and believe Arkansans deserve a well-trained and well-equipped police force and local sheriff’s department.

I will support legislation that requires law enforcement to hold illegal aliens for deportation when they are arrested and convicted of committing crimes within the state of Arkansas.

I believe that prisoners within our state penal system should serve the entire length of their sentence, and it is the responsibility of government to ensure that prisoners are not turned back onto our streets due to overcrowding issues. Far too many times convicted felons have been given an early release back into our communities only to commit other crimes against individuals and society.

In 2011, I was honored to receive the Advocate for Justice Award from the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the General Assembly to continue supporting our state’s prosecutors, law enforcement officers and prison guards.