As the student debt crisis continues, it's time to bring back vocational and technical training in schools for students not interested in a college education. Open up the path to career opportunities for both under-employed college grads and high school students looking for direct pathways to interesting, lucrative careers in Nevada's growing technical industry. Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills but these programs have been cut. It's time to bring them back.
As a disabled Army veteran, I consider helping veterans a top priority. The veteran community of Nevada is one of the strongest in the country. Several great charitable and veteran ran organizations fill the gaps in the V.A. system. Our state has failed to connect veterans to these life changing resources and support networks, especially throughout the Southern Nevada community.
- I will defend the right of every Nevadan to have have access to quality healthcare and oppose cutting funding for these services. Currently proposed budget cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services total $233 million. Of those cuts, proposed cuts to Medicaid total more than $140 million, with some services limited and others completely eliminated. Mental health services would be reduced by $19.1 million. These services may seem optional to some, but I understand first hand that they are necessary for many.
The protection of individual liberty is absolutely the job of government, but it is not exclusively the job of government. It is first and foremost the job of "we the people" — individually as local communities and collectively as a nation. Well-enforced laws can deter crime, but even the best police and prosecutors in the world can not eliminate crime.
Therefore, the first defense against criminal threats to our persons and property is ourselves. That's why we have a right — a right granted by God and protected by the Constitution — to arm and protect ourselves.
- I oppose late term abortions in order to protect the lives of unborn children, and support legislation that prosecutes healthcare providers who turn a blind eye to the law. This issue is very personal to me because I was almost aborted but instead my mother chose to have me adopted and I am extremely grateful for her decision.
I stand with the President on immigration policies that protect the lives and jobs of our citizens, disrupt cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers, and measures that include protections for DACA. I believe that minors brought to the U.S. during illegal entry should not be punished for the crimes committed by their adult guardians.