Interview – Vicki Dooling, Republican Candidate Assembly District 41
(vs Paul Aizley, Incumbent)
Please post a short personal resume:
- Telephone work for Bush Cheney
- Telephone work/ Walking for McCain-Palin
- Event Arrangements for Sharron Angle Campaign, Other local campaigns, volunteers and events
- Speaker at events for Candidates
Tea Party Relations & Media Director for The Tea Party.Net, National Tea Party – Paid Position
- Connected with Tea Party Leaders in Every City and State in the US
- Did Radio Interviews for this group
- Contacted Media for interviews for myself and others in group for interviews
NV Representative for the “Rosies”
- Special group of women activists located Washington DC.
- Special Relations Group Representative for Nevada
Attended Seminars for Political Educational Purposes:
- Constitution Coalition of St. Louis
- Steamboat Institute, Aspen Colorado
- Unity in Purpose Membership
- CPAC, Washington, DC 2010, 2011, 2012
- Conservative Leadership Conference, received: “2012 Rising Star” Award
Attended Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, 2012
- Lobbyist for Freedom Works, Washington, DC
Outside the Political – World Sales and Marketing
- Sales Director and Sales Manager for Franchising Companies
- Sales and Marketing for Beauty Software Companies (2)
- Entrepreneur in Garment Industry – 15 years
- Graduated Taft High School
- Pierce Jr. College
- Married, Raised two children, have 4 grandchildren
- Selected Courses for Fashion Design
- Taught at Private Outreach School, Garment Industry 101
- Selected Courses on Leadership Training
1. You are against the District 41 Democrat incumbent. Define your strengths and why you would better serve Nevada than your opponent.
My opponent has been in Academia all his life, while I have been in the business world all of my life……both being an entrepreneur and in the corporate world. My world is REAL WORLD solutions from REAL World experiences. My opponent, on the other hand has not had this background to be able to produce or vote on legislation for our district and state that needs reality thought processes to bring common sense to the procedure. I am absolutely pro business and we must vote on legislation that protects our small business owners.
2. Explain how you differ from your opponent in regards to:
- Nevada health care issues
My biggest concern about healthcare in the State, which is at odds with my opponent, is the increased Medicade benefits as accepted and approved as part of the Affordable Care Act. The problem is in the long term burden on the State. Yes, the Federal Government does subsidize the increased costs, but that subsidy begins to go away starting in 2017. What then? Do we go for tax increases on business, mines, people, or increase fees, or…? Even the Governor admitted at the time he approved the increased Medicaid benefits that it was a short term benefit; that there would be a long term burden on the State. I would think that some sort of cost sharing on the part of Medicaid recipients; put in place slowly over a period of time, might be helpful. This cost sharing could be put into some sort of trust fund. The idea would be to lower the effect on the general fund in 2017 and to make the change from a subsidized program to an unsubsidized one easier to handle.
- The Education Tax initiative
First, some background: Many people and organizations, including my opponent, believe that more per-student money spent in education gets better student outcomes. This is wrong. Based on data prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics (DOE), there is no relationship between per-student spending and graduation rates or test scores. In fact, some of the states with the highest spending per student have the worst student outcomes. Over the past 50+ years, Nevada has nearly tripled the inflation adjusted per-student spending. The result has been test scores that haven’t improved and graduation rates only becoming worse. The amount of money alone is not the answer. We need to concentrate on “how” the money is spent, not “how much” money is spent. This will require taking a hard look at the district budgets and see where money can be spent that will improve results. This will require real courage as there are many “groups” who benefit from ever increasing education budgets. We are graduating less than 50% of our students……….and our Universities are rated 600 out of 650 in the nation.
- Nevada mining and gaming tax issues – including efforts to increase both and the initiative to amend the state constitution and remove the mining tax cap
I will speak only to the mining tax issue. This is not easy to answer, and what I have to say is again at odds with my opponent. The bill does not just remove the cap of 5% on the tax rate for mining operations; it also changes how rural counties, where the mines are located, will receive their share of the money. In the bill, the tax on mines could (and probably will) be raised and all the money collected would then go directly into the State general fund. It’s basically a shift of money from local governments to the State; the State then redistributes the money as it sees fit. I don’t have a problem with tax rates being adjusted; but I do have a problem when the bill takes money from local governments and sends it to the State to redistribute. Some day in the future, the mines will run out of product to mine and the money will disappear. What then? I would suggest that we take a look at some sort of depletion tax like other states have put in place. It would establish a trust fund that could be tapped in the future to help offset the potential loss of mining revenue.
- Nevada’s minimum wage
First, many people, including my opponent, think that the minimum wage is something that a person should be able to live on; nothing could be further from the truth. Summer jobs for students, and any other part time employment could fall into this category. It’s a starting job, one that leads to promotions if the worker does a good job; it’s not a lifelong career. Most holders of an entry level job subject to minimum wage are part of a household with other income(s). Second, the idea of a minimum wage is a little strange by itself; especially in light of the fact that all other salaries and wages in the non-public sector of the economy are determined by market forces; supply and demand. It’s a fact; increasing the minimum wage reduces the available job pool for entry level jobs; higher required wages…fewer jobs. To me, it’s far better to have a job at $8.25/hour than no job at $10.00/hour.
- Immigration issues
I have personal beliefs on the immigration issue, however, it is not in the Assembly persons sphere of responsibility , as this is a Federal Issue.
3. As a new State Assemblyman, what do you feel will be your greatest challenges?
I’m sure there will be many challenges in being the “newbie” in Carson City but I think the primary one will be to have the strength not to fall into the category of “go along to get along.” This is so foreign to me, but I see how prevalent it is in all levels of government. I am an independent thinking person, but also know that I will listen to others opinions and thoughts.
4. It is a long campaign season. Many accusations/assertions are made by one candidate about another. Are there any such accusations/assertions made by your opponent you consider untrue or unfair? Explain.
At this point in the campaign, I would have to say no. However, as election day gets closer and when my opponent sees he has a real race on his hands, I have absolutely no doubt that he will “make up” something about me (obviously untrue…because there is simply nothing “sinister” about me) to try and resonate with the voters and sway them to his camp. I am not naïve to the fact that these are tactics that candidates use against an opponent when they have nothing else to use.
5. Please use this space to address any issues not previously covered.
Carson City needs some “New Blood” to enter into the legislative process with new ideas and thinking. We must all agree to “Read the Bills to find out what is in them,…….before voting on them”……..we don’t want to pass them first! Thank you for the opportunity to share my concerns, and ideas!
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