Marty’s Platform

The issues that matter to Washington.

Government Accountability

Problem: Out of control government bureaucracies that write their own rules, waste taxpayer dollars and do not deliver on service to you.

Statement: Your state government should be wise stewards of the public’s trust and their tax dollars. We need to have clear, measurable, and realistic goals for every agency and a way to hold these agencies accountable when they do not meet those metrics. Every dollar should have a purpose and there should be a way to measure if it is actually achieving its purpose. You deserve better service.

Solutions: I will advocate for legislation that achieves:

 

  1. You should be able to provide feedback on every interaction with a public facing agency. You would receive a survey where you can give feedback on the service you received and that survey would be a part of the evaluation process, and used to develop metrics for these agencies.

2. The current system allows state agencies to use taxpayer dollars to lobby legislature and there should be restrictions put on the spending of taxpayer monies for this.

3. The current system where each state agency must spend their entire budget each year or lose it is just plain foolish. It is time to change that system because it encourages wasteful spending. The budget for each agency needs to be fixed where there is no risk of loss. Then as a way to incentivize these agencies to save money, allow them to roll over a small portion of that years budgeted amount to the next budget cycle, incentivize the departments that found and implemented the savings through one-time bonuses and invest the remainder into school construction funding or the rainy day fund.

Congestion

 

Congestion is the number one problem with traffic. The longer people are stuck in their cars, the lower the quality of life is at home. Much of the focus in Olympia has been on alternative forms of transportation including light rail, buses, and others. One of the solutions is to open up and add more lanes to unclog our freeways and city streets so that people can get to and from work and spend more time being productive and enjoying life. Congestion relief will also lower the costs of delivering goods, which is good for business and the economy.

Small Business

Small business is the backbone of this country, employing upwards of 80% of all employees. Small business is the lifeblood of our communities. We must collaborate with our business community and re-open to restore and restart our economic engine. Small business growth and strength relies on a stable regulatory environment, a diverse and qualified workforce, and willing pro-business partner in Washington government. I will be a strong advocate for small businesses working with local governments to reduce bureaucratic red tape and costly roadblocks that drive the cost of doing businesses unnecessarily high and closes the door to those who want to start a business, thus reducing the jobs available and upward mobility for those starting out. I will advocate for additional pathways to success in our education system to provide the qualified workforce that businesses need. Washington State needs to be open for business and I will advocate for businesses to invest, hire and train right here in our state.

Veterans

Washington State is home to a large population of active military and veterans who have decided to retire and live here. We are home to Joint Base Lewis Mchord, Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, Bangor Sub Base, and Fairchild Airforce base. I will work to honor those who keep us safe and those who have served. I am dedicated to working on solutions for those veterans that have to commute to Healthcare services and I am passionate that no veteran be homeless and that they get the medical care they deserve.

Homelessness

Homelessness is a multi-prong issue because not all people are homeless for the same reasons. Some have drug addictions, some have mental health issues, some, have lost their job and do not have any resources to pay for a roof over their head.

With homelessness and drug-use comes more crime, which makes communities less safe and less desirable. There is no single fix for all homelessness, but I believe there are some very real, measurable solutions that will help address this growing problem. The first is being able to identify which category people fall in and which resources are available and match them up. I believe we need to do a better job of collaborating with non-profits and private charities that have had success over the long term of getting people off the street and back to being productive members of society.

Housing: Affordability and Supply

Affordable housing and a housing supply shortage are major issues across this state. The cost of housing has increased dramatically by the regulations, permitting and obstacles that builders have to jump through in order to build. An estimated that 25% of the cost of a home is due to regulation. In addition, we have an immediate need for 200,000 homes to meet the current demand. With my 21 years of Real estate and land use experience, I will work with cities, counties and stakeholders on zoning, land use and streamlining the process to get more housing in the market, thus bringing some ease to the built-up demand. In addition, I believe that we can provide affordable housing in a compassionate way and at a much more competitive rate by bringing free market principles into play and expanding the public–private partnership opportunities. Then we can build more homes and serve more people as they get back on their feet.

No to Extreme Liberal Policies

 Extreme Liberal policies hurt citizens, stifle the economy and lower our quality of life. Seattle-style politics is to tax everything, ST3, Income tax, carbon tax, head tax, predictive scheduling, road diets, lax enforcement policies and so on. This has led to an increase in crime, made it less safe and made the homeless and drug abuse problem even worse.  We want to have more in our pocket to invest in our communities. We want to be safe; have a vibrant economy and have an improved quality of life.  I will stand guard against the out-of-touch punitive polices of Seattle and fight to protect your values.

Education

I am passionate about giving every student across our State the competitive advantage they deserve and as many educational pathways to choose from as possible while being fiscally responsible.

We need to give our parents and kids greater choice and access to their kids’ education.

We need to stop pushing political agendas on our kids, stop allowing special interests to use our schools as a social experiment, we need to spend less time teaching sex to kindergarteners and do a better job of teaching math, science, English, history, civics and encourage greater exploration of pathways to success to help our kids be more competitive.

Second Amendment Rights

The Second amendment is the amendment that protects them all. I will advocate vigorously protecting your gun rights and will work with others to educate our community about gun safety.

Taxes

Extreme policies hurt citizens, stifle the economy and lower our quality of life. Income tax, carbon tax, head tax, predictive scheduling, road diets, lax enforcement policies and so on. This has led to an increase in crime, made it less safe and made the homeless and drug abuse problem even worse.  We want to have more in our pocket to invest in our communities. We want to be safe; have a vibrant economy and have an improved quality of life.  I will stand guard against the out-of-touch punitive polices and fight to protect your values.

You work hard for your money; you should be able to keep more of it.

 

Healthcare

I worked for Thirteen years as Anesthesia Technician, in Open-heart rooms. This experience combined with my families own trials of going through 2 rounds of leukemia for my son, my wife’s breast cancer with a mastectomy and her traumatic brain injury- give me a real life understanding of both sides of healthcare: the provider and the patient and the issues with both. I will advocate free-market solutions to make sure that we keep the best healthcare in the world available for all of us.

Strong Families

Studies show that the number indicator for lifelong success for children is two parent homes. There is an epidemic of single parent households and I will use the office of Lt. Governor to advocate for strong families and strong communities highlighting nonprofits that provide support in those areas.

Permanent Fund

Washington State is rich in natural resources and is vibrant in its beauty. Washington State produces good clean energy, grows 14 million board feet of timber every year, and is home to every type of industry. And yet our timber industry has been all but shut down through government intervention, our access to parks and trails have been restricted and some have advocated for removing the lower snake river dams that provide clean power and irrigation for some of the finest crops in the world while at the same time increasing taxes on home heating oil. I will advocate for responsible forest management, clean power production, and the restoration of the timber industry.  By opening up these industries in a responsible way, the funding source for school construction will be restored. In addition, there would be an opportunity to create a permanent fund where all Washington state residents could share in the surplus funds created.

Government Accountability

Problem: Out of control government bureaucracies that write their own rules, waste taxpayer dollars and do not deliver on service to you.

Statement: Your state government should be wise stewards of the public’s trust and their tax dollars. We need to have clear, measurable, and realistic goals for every agency and a way to hold these agencies accountable when they do not meet those metrics. Every dollar should have a purpose and there should be a way to measure if it is actually achieving its purpose. You deserve better service.

Solutions: I will advocate for legislation that achieves:

 

  1. You should be able to provide feedback on every interaction with a public facing agency. You would receive a survey where you can give feedback on the service you received and that survey would be a part of the evaluation process, and used to develop metrics for these agencies.
  2. The current system allows state agencies to use taxpayer dollars to lobby legislature and there should be restrictions put on the spending of taxpayer monies for this.
  3. The current system where each state agency must spend their entire budget each year or lose it is just plain foolish. It is time to change that system because it encourages wasteful spending. The budget for each agency needs to be fixed where there is no risk of loss. Then as a way to incentivize these agencies to save money, allow them to roll over a small portion of that years budgeted amount to the next budget cycle, incentivize the departments that found and implemented the savings through one-time bonuses and invest the remainder into school construction funding or the rainy day fund.

Congestion

Congestion is the number one problem with traffic. The longer people are stuck in their cars, the lower the quality of life is at home. Much of the focus in Olympia has been on alternative forms of transportation including light rail, buses, and others. One of the solutions is to open up and add more lanes to unclog our freeways and city streets so that people can get to and from work and spend more time being productive and enjoying life. Congestion relief will also lower the costs of delivering goods, which is good for business and the economy.

Small Business

Washington State is rich in natural resources and is vibrant in its beauty. Washington State produces good clean energy, grows 14 million board feet of timber every year, and is home to every type of industry. And yet our timber industry has been all but shut down through government intervention, our access to parks and trails have been restricted and some have advocated for removing the lower snake river dams that provide clean power and irrigation for some of the finest crops in the world while at the same time increasing taxes on home heating oil. I will advocate for responsible forest management, clean power production, and the restoration of the timber industry.  By opening up these industries in a responsible way, the funding source for school construction will be restored. In addition, there would be an opportunity to create a permanent fund where all Washington state residents could share in the surplus funds created.

Veterans

Washington State is rich in natural resources and is vibrant in its beauty. Washington State produces good clean energy, grows 14 million board feet of timber every year, and is home to every type of industry. And yet our timber industry has been all but shut down through government intervention, our access to parks and trails have been restricted and some have advocated for removing the lower snake river dams that provide clean power and irrigation for some of the finest crops in the world while at the same time increasing taxes on home heating oil. I will advocate for responsible forest management, clean power production, and the restoration of the timber industry.  By opening up these industries in a responsible way, the funding source for school construction will be restored. In addition, there would be an opportunity to create a permanent fund where all Washington state residents could share in the surplus funds created.

Homelessness

Homelessness is a multi-prong issue because not all people are homeless for the same reasons. Some have drug addictions, some have mental health issues, some, have lost their job and do not have any resources to pay for a roof over their head.

With homelessness and drug-use comes more crime, which makes communities less safe and less desirable. There is no single fix for all homelessness, but I believe there are some very real, measurable solutions that will help address this growing problem. The first is being able to identify which category people fall in and which resources are available and match them up. I believe we need to do a better job of collaborating with non-profits and private charities that have had success over the long term of getting people off the street and back to being productive members of society.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing and a housing supply shortage are major issues across this state. The cost of housing has increased dramatically by the regulations, permitting and obstacles that builders have to jump through in order to build. An estimated that 25% of the cost of a home is due to regulation. In addition, we have an immediate need for 200,000 homes to meet the current demand. With my 21 years of Real estate and land use experience, I will work with cities, counties and stakeholders on zoning, land use and streamlining the process to get more housing in the market, thus bringing some ease to the built-up demand. In addition, I believe that we can provide affordable housing in a compassionate way and at a much more competitive rate by bringing free market principles into play and expanding the public–private partnership opportunities. Then we can build more homes and serve more people as they get back on their feet.

No to Extreme Liberal Policies

 Extreme Liberal policies hurt citizens, stifle the economy and lower our quality of life. Seattle-style politics is to tax everything, ST3, Income tax, carbon tax, head tax, predictive scheduling, road diets, lax enforcement policies and so on. This has led to an increase in crime, made it less safe and made the homeless and drug abuse problem even worse.  We want to have more in our pocket to invest in our communities. We want to be safe; have a vibrant economy and have an improved quality of life.  I will stand guard against the out-of-touch punitive polices of Seattle and fight to protect your values.

Education

I am passionate about giving every student across our State the competitive advantage they deserve and as many educational pathways to choose from as possible while being fiscally responsible.

We need to give our parents and kids greater choice and access to their kids’ education.

We need to stop pushing political agendas on our kids, stop allowing special interests to use our schools as a social experiment, we need to spend less time teaching sex to kindergarteners and do a better job of teaching math, science, English, history, civics and encourage greater exploration of pathways to success to help our kids be more competitive.

Second Amendment Rights

The Second amendment is the amendment that protects them all. I will advocate vigorously protecting your gun rights and will work with others to educate our community about gun safety.

Taxes

Extreme policies hurt citizens, stifle the economy and lower our quality of life. Income tax, carbon tax, head tax, predictive scheduling, road diets, lax enforcement policies and so on. This has led to an increase in crime, made it less safe and made the homeless and drug abuse problem even worse.  We want to have more in our pocket to invest in our communities. We want to be safe; have a vibrant economy and have an improved quality of life.  I will stand guard against the out-of-touch punitive polices and fight to protect your values.

You work hard for your money; you should be able to keep more of it.

Healthcare

I worked for Thirteen years as Anesthesia Technician, in Open-heart rooms. This experience combined with my families own trials of going through 2 rounds of leukemia for my son, my wife’s breast cancer with a mastectomy and her traumatic brain injury- give me a real life understanding of both sides of healthcare: the provider and the patient and the issues with both. I will advocate free-market solutions to make sure that we keep the best healthcare in the world available for all of us.

Strong Families

Studies show that the number indicator for lifelong success for children is two parent homes. There is an epidemic of single parent households and I will use the office of Lt. Governor to advocate for strong families and strong communities highlighting nonprofits that provide support in those areas.

Permanent Fund

Washington State is rich in natural resources and is vibrant in its beauty. Washington State produces good clean energy, grows 14 million board feet of timber every year, and is home to every type of industry. And yet our timber industry has been all but shut down through government intervention, our access to parks and trails have been restricted and some have advocated for removing the lower snake river dams that provide clean power and irrigation for some of the finest crops in the world while at the same time increasing taxes on home heating oil. I will advocate for responsible forest management, clean power production, and the restoration of the timber industry.  By opening up these industries in a responsible way, the funding source for school construction will be restored. In addition, there would be an opportunity to create a permanent fund where all Washington state residents could share in the surplus funds created.