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Idaho State House District 31 B

Idaho House of Representatives members serve a 2-year term and are responsible for translating the public will into public policy for the state, levying taxes, appropriating public funds, and overseeing the administration of state agencies. These responsibilities are carried out through the legislative process — laws passed by elected representatives of the people, legislators.

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    Rod Furniss

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    Wayne Talmadge

Biographical Information

1. What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

2. What experience has prepared you for this office?

3. What do you see as the most significant challenges Idaho faces that you might be able to address in this position?

4. Is there anything else you wish to tell the voters?

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I will fight to fix gaps in Education funding and health insurance needed to retain and recruit quality individuals to perpetuate quality outcomes for children. I have carried many bills that the governor has signed from the Departments of Commerce, Finance, Administration, and Insurance. Last year I carried bills for the Sheriff's Association and Hospital Association. I will continue to deregulate business and preserve our 2nd Amendment rights. Federalism continues to degrade the 10th Amendment and guarding state's rights is paramount. Many departments depend on me to carry bills and I am sure there are laws needing to be fixed. Many legislators that have been there 4 years have not carried a bill to the Governor. It is not easy.
I have written education bills for teacher health insurance. I graduated from Rigby High, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and Idaho State University. I worked for a bank for one year and then the insurance and financial planning business since 1986. I have served in my church and the Boy Scouts in many capacities. I have been a precinct committee person and past president of the local education foundation and multiple advisory councils. I currently serve as vice-chair of the House Business Committee, State Affairs and Energy and Technology. I also serve on the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee, Your Health Idaho Committee, High-Risk Pool, Chair the Teacher Health Insurance Committee, and the Property Tax Committee.
The greatest challenge today is inflation. Making sure we can continue to put gas in our cars and food on our tables. This is becoming more difficult every day. With the current democrat administration shutting down oil pipelines, allowing porous borders, and disallowing over 4,000 applications to make energy in the USA. The next greatest challenge is property tax. We cannot let Idahoans be taxed out of their homes. Property tax relief is tricky, and we want to avoid tax shifts to agriculture and commercial real estate. By consolidating and regionalizing expenses among counties, taking on public defenders from the general fund, and lowering taxes on those that have a homeowner’s exemption.
I am a sixth-generation Idahoan as my family homesteaded a farm in Menan. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Argentina. I married Jan Burtenshaw from Clark and we have 4 daughters and 1 son and 10.9 grandchildren. I love Idaho. I want my kids to live here, work here, educate their kids here and recreate here. I have worked with business owners my entire life and Idaho capitalism has proven to be the best driver for prosperity. We need to keep Idaho unregulated to promote enterprise. Please vote on May 17th or before. Voter apathy is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to show up! Thanks for all you do ladies. You do make a difference.
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Fair, common sense policies, laws and budgets are what will keep this state growing and profitable. Every district has its own issues and there is no " size fits all..." solution to this states issues. Broadband access and affordable housing are my passions. Finding solutions to those issues and hearing the issues facing our district are my priorities.
Managing a business development center, creating and maintaining a profitable budget and assisting in creating business development projects has enhanced the importance of working with public and private agencies to bring multiple projects to fruition. I have worked with the City of Salmon to enhance the downtown area as well as improving access to the Salmon River. I represented Lemhi County to improve infrastructure and access for a statewide broadband initiative. Currently working with City of Salmon Planning and Zoning Committee.
1 - Wildfires are becoming a big issue with every passing season. Finding affordable and common sense mitigation has got to be addressed. These fires cause havoc on one of Idaho's biggest attractions, our forests and river corridors. 2 - In this new world of misinformation and attacks on our freedoms we need to keep a vigilant eye on those on the fringes that would usurp our democracy. This is not a scare tactic, this is reality that grows more evident with every election cycle. 3 - Affordable housing for those just entering the market and the elderly that are finding it hard to stay in their own homes. 4 - With the rising costs of health care and medical services how are we going to be able to take care of our families and love ones?
There is no perfect candidate that will represent our district in the state legislature. Whether Democrat or Republican there has to be mediocrity when it comes to values for ALL the people. As I stated above, common sense legislation that makes sense to most of the peoples in Idaho is what needs to happen. There is no room for wild extremism and proposing solutions to problems that don't exist. Misinformation it a huge problem and it is each and everyone of our responsibilities to find the truth. Not just what supports our political view but what are the substantiating facts.