There are many areas in the state budget that deserve scrutiny and a fresh eye. Running a small business, I know what's it's like to live within a budget and make tough spending decisions. Some specific areas I would look to for savings include prohibiting state boards and authorities from hiring taxpayer-funded lobbyists, putting a halt to subsidizing private zoos, tackling pension reform and capping maximum benefits, and scrutinizing our tax expenditure budget so we're not handing out tax breaks to corporations that don't live up to their promises or take their jobs out of state. I would also work to stop the practice of giving state legislators taxpayer funds in the form of "per-diems" for commuting to work. As your next state representative I'll drive to work on my own dime.