Local governments are responsible for providing essential services that we take for granted -- police and sheriff protection, reliable fire service, clean drinking water and disposal of sewage, and decent maintained roads and streets. These are not "optional" -- they are the heart of our standard of living. Continued cuts in our LGA puts all of these services at risk, and puts our safety at risk. If LGA cuts weren't enough, the Legislature has raided the Fire Safety Account, a fund specifically created to provide a stable source of funding for training of firefighters.
My commitment to you, that if elected:
I will work to ensure that the Fire Safety Account is never again raided to help balance the budget
I will propose a bill that gives our first responders a tax credit, thereby helping rural communities fill the emergency response needs of the community
I will work hard to protect and improve our way of life