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On September 22nd
The voters of Mississippi House District 37 will have an opportunity to send the first Libertarian to Jackson, Mississippi.
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I’m a very passionate individual, and that passion is displayed in how I communicate, my work ethic, and my love for people. Uncovering the individual’s needs is extremely important, whether it’s interacting with individuals on a daily basis, in a professional environment, or learning how state and local laws positively or negatively impact them.
I believe that creativity, innovation, and individualism leads to the success of any business, community, or society. I’m willing to work with people and I’m not afraid to take on corruption or bureaucracy, but I’ll need your help to do it.
What I Stand For: Mississippians can’t get what they need to make ends meet without freedom. Economic, social, and religious freedom.
The future of Mississippi hinges on how well we equip the next generation to handle the challenges they will face. To that end, I believe we need to use the resources we have to create an education system which addresses the needs of our future physicists and tech gurus as well as those that will be building our homes and repairing our cars. We need to understand that everyone learns differently and has different goals, and we need an education system that is flexible enough to fit what works best for each child. Our job is to serve their needs, not force them into a program that doesn’t work for them, and I will work tirelessly to make the education system responsive to the needs of the children we are trusting the future to.
Infrastructure allows us to move products and bring in tourism throughout the state, making our economy strong and vigorous. The legislature implemented the state lottery and most of that money is going towards roads and bridges. Now there is talk about increasing the gas tax to help pay for roads. The gas tax is recessive and as it is added to every gallon of gas it takes a toll on those struggling to get by who are getting back and forth to work to make ends meet. An increase also hurts fleet and shipping operators, which increases the cost of goods to the consumer, and for those reasons I will oppose an increase in the gas tax.
Healthcare must be affordable and accessible. The government has tried to make it so with artificial controls they have established, and the result has been a system which makes it harder to receive care and more expensive for our citizens. We need to eliminate Certificate of Need laws that require permission from the state to allow medical providers to add beds, buy an x-ray machine or a EKG machine, or even just to open a location. We also need to strongly consider ways to encourage the expansion of subscription-based facilities that remove barriers between you and your doctor.
Criminal justice reform is hot button issue across the country right now. Mississippi has the second highest incarceration rate on the planet, costing taxpayers tens of millions a year. Yes, if you hurt someone there is a price to be paid and you should pay it. But incarcerating those people is just a small percentage of what we spend on corrections and law enforcement. We need to look at ways to keep people out of prison so that we can conserve our resources. Justice is not just about punishment for wrongs committed, it is also about turning offenders into forces of good inside their community.
Red Tape and Over Regulation Contributes to Mississippi’s Stagnation
Is Mississippi ready for meaningful and ambitious plans to turn this ship around?
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University reports that Mississippi has over 117,000 restrictive terms in its administrative code which impact our state at one level or another as red tape. 68% of those regulations have never been amended. In other words, these restrictions have never been re-evaluated for relevancy or economic impact.
I understand it, well-meaning lawmakers and/or beaurocrats have it in their mind that individuals by and large are so incompetent about various subjects that are not within their area of expertise that they must be protected against their own ignorance. And so, in order to protect, more regulations must be created. However, at some point having more rules becomes counter-productive and it becomes impossible to comply. The rules place unnecessary restrictions on individuals and corporations, and these restrictions prevent self-employment, growth and innovation. They also discourage people from even beginning to try. We cannot really, truly, measure how much Mississippi has lost, because one cannot measure what one never had, but we can look at examples from other places who have succeeded.
In British Columbia the government, much like Mississippi, was stagnant in terms of growth. The Canadian province implemented a system to reduce regulations, and as a result of reducing 48% of regulatory red tape the economy grew at a greater rate than its surrounding provinces. Growth increased 3% in BC, and thousands of new businesses were created. Where new businesses are created, more jobs are created. When more jobs are created society thrives and people are generally happier.
Mississippians are ready to be first place. Instituting an ambitious plan that wouldn’t jeopardize its public health and environment yet would start the process of reducing its regulations will set the state on the path to greatness that so many residents desire. I speak to many parents and grandparents who want nothing more than to see their children feel like they can stay and Mississippi and thrive. Some of these same people reflect that they have grown children who want to move back to Mississippi but do not feel that they can achieve the same quality of life and opportunity as elsewhere.
As a parent we want our children to be creative and follow the passion of their heart. As they grow and explore life, if we put limitations on them and tell them words like “shall,” “must,” “may not,” “you are prohibited”, as an example, we break their spirit. They lose their interest and their passion dries up as they meet road blocks every step of the way. However, when we step back and allow them to explore and create, great things happen. They might make mistakes along the way, and we can be there to guide them in necessary places that might cause harm, but in the end they succeed and thrive emotionally, mentally and possibly financially. There is nothing that kills the spirit more than telling someone no, over and over again. Mississippi is like the parent saying, “No,” when it repeats its restrictive language via the over-burdened regulatory language and licensing regimes.
13,000 jobs have been lost in Mississippi because of occupational licensing with an economic value loss of $37 million, according to the Institute for Justice. These are real numbers, real dollars, and real value that impact real people. Licensing boards produce red tape, restrictions, and regulations. They are often implemented as a means to protect a certain industry or business and prevent competition. Licenses might be necessary for a few industries, but the state should review the idea of expanding the use of voluntary certifications to increase opportunity, especially for those who are seeking to offer services in fields they are skilled in but do not pose a significant risk to the public by participating in commerce with those skills. Many of these skilled individuals are not able to afford the vast requirements of current licensure boards, and so are left to remain in their current economic state with little hope of prospering otherwise. We must be committed to hearty competition, a reduction of licensing requirements where it will not be of public health concern, and the elimination of protectionism that is driven by the favor-seeking component of business Mississippi.
In Tupelo, Councilman Willie Jennings admitted his proposal to eliminate food trucks was to protect established business, and that he believed the government should act on behalf of select business interests. This admission is an example of just one elected official (not even a bureaucrat) with the good intent to protect some parts of an industry, at risk of preventing competition and job creation for others in the same industry. Everyone would lose had the ordinance passed: the current restaurants who could be improved because of competition, the new business owners and their employees, and the customers to have more choice, and whose purchasing power would decide the eventual outcomes. Mr. Jennings is just one of many in this state who operate under the same mindset. Some have been bought off and paid to create regulations to choke out competition
The Magnolia State is ready for a mindset change, the end of crony capitalism, and for an economic turn-around. If the Journal of Economic Growth has estimated that federal regulations alone have slowed US Growth by 2 percentage points every year since 1949, how much has Mississippi’s growth been slowed by its own regulations? Mississippi has enough regulations coming down from DC, it doesn’t need to continue to add to the burden.
If you are ready to send me to Jackson to bring more “outside of the box” solutions and ideas to our state, can I count on you for your help today? A financial contribution will help me reach more voters with my ideas and passion before November 5th. Please consider making it a recurring contribution for the next couple of months.
I support Mississippi’s Constitutional Carry. I believe the right to self-defense is both an important and necessary right to have. Firearms can be used and owned safely by law-abiding citizens who want to preserve their lives as well as defend their freedom. Gun control laws have their roots in racism, and if we increase regulation we will only see more minorities behind bars. Education, safety, local mental health support and de-escalation education will go much further than control.
Our elections should be considered to be counted both digitally and on paper ballots. Election fraud is a concern, and the further away from paper ballots the threat of fraud grows. I support giving voting rights to felons, where in Mississippi nearly 1 in 10 adults are disenfranchised voters, who have completed their sentences and paid their debt to society. Some examples of felony charges that disenfranchise citizens can include forgery, receiving stolen property and carjacking. All of these people are affected by laws created and passed daily just like any other citizen; therefore, their right to be heard is just as important. Along with a restoration of voting rights, jerry-mandering in Mississippi is an issue that needs great oversight. I want to ensure fair elections. This includes taking write-in votes seriously and being fairly included in any election.
Civil Asset Forfeiture is Theft
Permission to pursue and administer the seizing of an individual’s assets, by any public entity at any level before conviction, is in direct violation of that individual’s right to due process (5th Amendment). Consideration also needs to be made that in the state of Mississippi it violates Article III Section 17a of the State Constitution. My oath as a lawmaker is to protect the rights of the individual as upheld by both constitutions.
The corona virus has changed a lot about day to day life and negatively impacted the economy and been the basis for more division between people. We have witnessed overreactions and hypocrisy by governments and under-reactions from some in the public. The government is outside of its power to allow people to go to Walmart or Lowe’s, but not letting people go to churches, restaurants, or events. It also oversteps its bounds when mandating the use of masks, especially with the threat of force.
I realize this is a contentious issue with many different opinions filtered through very valid experiences and levels of expertise. I would caution though: we as a public need to not be defiant just for the sake of defiance. This is an illness that is impacting many physically, in a variety of ways, and a mask might offer some protection. Choosing to wear one isn’t limiting your freedom, and choice and personal responsibility go hand in hand. However, state mask mandates remove choices for individuals, create division, and limit businesses from deciding how to operate. Yes, we should make choices that limit the ability of this disease to affect our lives. But that is a person´s, family’s, or business’s decision how they will achieve that. This includes any vaccine mandate. I would oppose any mandate to get the vaccine. If you want to get it, great. If you don’t want to get it that should be fine too.
The bottom line is we need to be cautious as a community because it’s the right thing to do, not because the government forces us to.