What are three of the most important issues facing District 31?
Balanced Budget that meets the needs of D31 residents--In 2011 the legislature formulated and passed the first balanced budget in seven (7) years--without using reserve funds or raising taxes. As a member of the Joint Appropriations Committee for several years, I have supported these efforts and will continue to do so in the 2016 Legislative Session.
Education--We are fortunate to have Black Hills State University and two exceptional K-12 school systems in our District. According to the 2007 State New Economy Index, states that invest in higher education, are in close proximity to federal laboratories, and foster above-average levels of entrepreneurship will stand the greatest chance of succeeding in the New Economy.
Economic Growth and Small Business Development--Two of the bright spots in our economic future are the SURF (Sanford Underground Research Facility) in Lead as well as entrepreneurial ventures/small businesses in our region. Entrepreneurs must have access to capital to start, sustain, and grow their businesses as well as a trained workforce.