Ballot Initiatives, Referendums, and Recalls
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to enact legislation establishing ballot initiatives, referendums, and recalls in the State of Indiana. These three processes will go a long way toward reaffirming government in Indiana Of The People, By The People, and For The People.
For more information about ballot initiatives, referendums, and recalls, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures at www.ncsl.org.
Taxation - Taxpayer Protection Pledge
As your Governor, I pledge to oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes in Indiana.
This is consistent with the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) Taxpayer Protection Pledge. You can learn more about Americans for Tax Reform at www.atr.org.
Taxation - Personal Income Tax
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to abolish the personal income tax in Indiana.
Nine states do not tax personal income: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
Taxation - Residential Property Tax
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to abolish the residential property tax on primary residences in Indiana.
This will eliminate the possibility of asset forfeiture, due to unpaid property taxes. It will also eliminate the annual increases in Hoosiers' mortgage payments, due to annual increases in assessed value for property tax assessment.
Taxation - Vehicle Excise and Registration
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to reform vehicle registration to be required only when transfer of ownership occurs. You will register the vehicle one time, when you purchase the vehicle or otherwise transfer title.
This will eliminate the annual ritual of renewing your vehicle registration and paying the registration fees and excise taxes.
Taxation - Roll Back Gasoline Excise Tax
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to roll back the 2017 legislation which now puts our gasoline excise tax at 30 cents per gallon. I believe that the indexing of the gasoline excise tax for inflation is contrary to the spirit of "no taxation without representation" and needs to be repealed as part of this roll back.
Individual Rights - Property Ownership
As your Governor, I will make the abolition of asset forfeiture in Indiana a priority. This will include criminal justice reform and property tax reform.
The government should not be able to take your property involuntarily, for any reason.
Individual Rights - Decriminalization of Cannabis (Marijuana)
As your Governor, I will work with members of the Indiana General Assembly to decriminalize both medical and recreational marijuana.
Military veterans and others who suffer from psychological, emotional, and physical pain should not be denied a proven, viable alternative to highly-addictive narcotics. Medicinal marijuana has been proven to effectively aid cancer patients in managing the many side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments.
Anyone who has been convicted of a marijuana-related, non-violent drug offense should have their sentenced commuted immediately and their conviction should be expunged.
If beer, wine, and liquor are legal for adult recreational consumption, so should all forms of cannabis.
Individual Rights - Constitutional Carry
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to pass Constitutional Carry legislation in Indiana.
The right to bear arms shall not be infringed.
Individual Rights - Adulthood
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to enact legislation that establishes the age of adulthood in Indiana at 18 years old.
As part of this legislation, we will establish a standard that resets the statutory age for purchase or consumption of alcohol and nicotine, as well as any other current or future minimum age requirement intended to imply an adult decision.
If a person is old enough to make the decision to serve in the United States military, then they are old enough to make all of the decisions pertaining to their health and wellness.
Individual Rights - Occupational Licensing
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to bring about significant reform in the area of professional and occupational licensing.
Hoosiers cannot pursue their own occupational Happiness when government regulations for occupational licensing create artificial barriers to entry into a career field by requiring expensive educational requirements and licensing fees.
While I agree that doctors and lawyers are occupations which may lend themselves to very stringent licensing requirements, I also strongly believe that hairdressers, plumbers, electricians, auctioneers, real estate agents, and many others could and should be "licensed" or "certified" by their respective professional associations. I also believe that many of these occupations would be candidates for on-the-job training programs or high school programs.
Individual Rights - End of Life Decisions
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to ensure that Hoosiers are afforded the individual freedom to chart their end-of-life journey, as they see fit. To this end, I support current House Bill 1020 - End of Life Options, authored by State Representative Matt Pierce.
Education Reform - ILEARN
As Governor of Indiana, I will support the decoupling of ILEARN scores from teacher performance evaluations. I wouldn't stop there. I would ask the General Assembly to pass legislation to abolish statewide standardized testing. I would seek legal council to determine if the state can cancel the current 3 year, $45 million contract.
Both ISTEP and ILEARN have been a boondoggle that has detracted from our children's educational experience at the cost of the Hoosier taxpayer.
Education Reform - Vocational Education
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly and the State Department of Education to simplify our state's high school graduation requirements in order to encourage the redevelopment of high school vocational education programs.
In Indiana, we do not need to enhance post-secondary vocational education opportunities in Indiana. We need to reestablish vocational educational opportunities in our K-12 public schools.
Too many of our Hoosier young people leave high school without any exposure to the hundreds of career-oriented vocational opportunities which are available and may be more desirable to them.
Let's provide vocational and technical educational opportunities to our young people while they are in high school BEFORE they lose hope and turn to criminal activity, not after they become incarcerated.
Education Reform - Make Education Local Again
As your Governor, I will work with members of the General Assembly to reduce the size and scope of the State Department of Education.
We will work together with the State Department of Education to return the decision-making power to our local School Boards and School District administrators.
By reducing the size and scope of the State Department of Education, we will free up funding which can be redirected to our classrooms, instead of being spent on multiple levels of oversight. This will create a better situation for both our teachers and our students in Indiana's public schools.
The 10th Amendment
As your Governor, I will do everything within the purview of my office to ensure that the State of Indiana upholds the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."