DAN HAS CONSISTENTLY FOUGHT FOR EVERYDAY NEVADANS IN CARSON CITY.
HE WILL DO THE SAME IN WASHINGTON DC.
REAL IMPROVEMENTS IN EDUCATION, NOT COSMETIC CHANGES
It’s no secret that K-12 and higher education are not what they should be in Nevada. As State Treasurer, I opposed the largest tax increase in Nevada history because it could never work. During my term, Nevada’s education system was rated No. 51 in the country. Four years later, we’ve rocketed to No. 50. Totally unacceptable.
But Nevada is not home alone. One of the biggest cross-national tests is the Program for International Assessment (PISA), which measures reading ability, math and science literacy and other key skills among 15-year-olds in developed and developing countries. The most recent PISA placed the U.S. 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.
If elected, I will propose a 5 point program:
Pre-K Education: Let’s start teaching kids when they are most open to learning.
Tracks for Kids. Not everyone wants to go to college. Early on, our schools should begin preparing our children for an economically sound and socially acceptable life.
Higher salaries for better teachers. Teaching is a noble profession that is too often plagued by low salaries and bureaucratic slights. On the other hand, there are many teachers who shouldn’t be there. We cannot have a perfect system, but we can certainly do better than we have.
Parental involvement. One of the most important—if not most important—ingredient in a child’s education is parental involvement. Parent’s support, encouragement, and discipline are key to a child’s learning. As a society, we must find a way to aid parents of every child to be there for their children.
Parental choice. Too many Nevadans are unhappy with the education their children are receiving from the public schools. Give them a choice—they’ve paid their property taxes.
AFFORDABLE SOLUTION TO HEALTHCARE
Healthcare is a complex issue without simple answers. There are multiple players with multiple objectives: health insurance, health care, and access to healthcare. There are even more stakeholders: patients, doctors, specialists, hospitals, insurance companies, suppliers—and more.
There are identifiable expense centers: ER and end-of-life care. There are multiple answers: integrated health care, sharing health care records, and different expense metrics.
My solution: start by breaking health insurance into two components: “cuts-and-scrapes” (for minor issues) and “critical care (requiring hospitalization). And go from there.
PASS A BUDGET, CUT $22 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT
The United States has amassed a $22 trillion national debt while we will predict a $1.1 trillion budget deficit in FY 2020. These numbers are inconceivable. This debt has to be paid. Our generation will not foot the bill, but our children and grandchildren will. We cannot continue to let Congress rack up more debt on their taxpayer-funded credit card.
ENCOURAGE PRIVATE ENTERPRISE
American society is fueled by free markets, private initiative, and open competition. We are NOT a big government, highly regulated, and socialist economy. The Democrats would have us believe that big government, a $20 trillion “medicare-for-all,” and free college education are the answers. They are not. We need to build a future that is compassionate but realistic.
SUPPORT OUR VETERANS
Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect and defend our country. Once they have served, it is incumbent on all of us to help them reenter civilian life. I also support laws that demand respect for our flag, the symbol of our nation which many servicemen have given their lives or body parts to sustain. I also support a 2-year period of national service for all Americans.
We need an immigration bill that sets out our immigration policies. These are decisions that Congress must make but has failed to do so. I will do my best to change that.