I’m an Idaho native and have been a small business owner in this state for the last ten years. The growth spurt our state has undergone in my life has been unprecedented. It demands a business-mindset and a new kind of energy in the legislature if we are going to keep up.
1: Property Taxes. I’m grateful for the income tax cuts we’ve seen in this state the last two years. But after talking with voters in Meridian, it’s clear that property taxes are higher on people’s minds right now. Meaningful property tax relief will help both those just starting out in life and those who are retired on fixed incomes. It will also help make housing more affordable, which we desperately need to combat our current worker shortage.
2: Small Business. Idaho has an incredible 170,000 small businesses, and they employ over half of our workers. I know first hand that we need to allow small businesses to operate freely in order to maximize our economy’s efficiency. That means cutting red tape and keeping tax burdens low. Limited government is how Idaho’s economy has succeeded so well in the past and will continue to succeed in the future.
3: Infrastructure. It’s abundantly clear to anyone who has ever driven in our state that we need to make investments in infrastructure now before it is too late. Our roads, bridges, water systems, and other critical infrastructure are barely handling our current growth, and we need to get ahead of it before it is too late.