Sunday, October 17, 2021

Carl Crabtree

| October 2, 2020 1:00 AM
  1. I want to use my life experience in business and government to help Idaho continue to be the best place in the world do live.
  2. I have been in leadership roles my entire life. While this role is both a people’s representative, also, once one is in Boise, leadership skills are essential. I believe I am a good listener and a listener who can accomplish things.
  3. We have to continue to fight for individual freedoms. We have to be watchful that as our population increases, we don’t lose these essential freedoms.

We have to keep Idaho fiscally responsible. Balancing the budget in a responsible way is why I choose to contribute as a member of the finance committee.

We have to improve the literacy of our young people, particularly at young ages. I have been a part of changing the testing system for young people increase dependable accountability in education.

  1. I believe we need to be vigilant in maintaining our Second Amendment rights. We are proud Idahoans, who have no interest in infringing on those rights with any legislation.
  2. The festival is at Sandpoint, and is not in my district.
  3. I think few know enough about the strong financial status of Idaho. Without solid financial underpinnings, freedoms are hard to preserve.
  4. Idaho has a balanced budget (quite unlike the federal government). I really think that matters. It is another good thing about Idaho!
  5. For Idaho, the fire situation is probably the most critical environmental issue facing us. It is our problem, but caused by federal mismanagement, and stymied by federal laws and money. I’d be telling stories if I suggested I could fix this. If it was easy, it would already be solved.
  6. No, I do not believe so. However, law enforcement could use some better techniques in interacting with communities. I don’t see it as a major problem for Idaho.
  7. I don’t know of any significant influence I can have on preserving Social Security. It is a federal program.
  8. I’m not interested in supporting higher taxes.
  9. How are you going to operate in the Legislature, after being elected…how will you make a difference? Find a way to leadership or committee chair. Most decisions are made by a few…be one of the few.
  10. I think that is a question for my constituents, not me. I personally think the federal government is paralyzed, and is blowing money they don’t have. I believe our state is far better off in both respects.
  11. No, I think we need to make sure we don’t duplicate services, particularly between the State Board of Education and the Department of Education. That is one if the reasons I moved $3 million out of the Department’s budget last session. We have too much of that in much of government.
  12. If the question means state government, no. Local governments need to make local decisions.