Idaho Press-Tribune

Idaho Press-Tribune
Questionnaire



Full Name:

Gregory Lee Collett

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1972

Occupation:

Software Developer

Please tell us about your family:

Wife: Kelly; Children: Brittney (14), Christopher (13), Stephanie (11), Michael (11), William (10), Rachel (10), Esther (9), Jessica (8), Naomi (7), Zamora (10 mo.)

How long have you lived in the district you wish to serve?

1.5 years

What other elected positions have you held or run for?

None

Have you served in the military?

No

Have you ever filed for bankruptcy?

No

Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? If so, please provide information about them. Traffic citations are not applicable.

No

Are your local taxes paid up? If not, what do you owe and why haven’t they been paid?

Yes

Do you have any liens on property that you own? Please explain the situation if you do.

No

What are your greatest accomplishments?

Raising my family.

What organizations do you belong to?

John Birch Society, Campaign for Liberty

Are you involved in any community causes or activities? If so, what are they and why are you involved?

I am involved as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. I believe it is important to strengthen our youth. I have also been involved with political activism, such as tea parties and preserving traditional midwifery. I think it is important to be actively involved in advocating for change.

Why should you be elected?

I understand the fundamental principles of limited government and I am willing to stand up for them and challenge the status quo.

What are the weaknesses of your opponent?

He has shown himself to be a corruptible career politician, voting for the continuation of big government.

How can Idaho avoid more budget cuts for public schools in the 2011 Legislative session?

I think we should welcome budget cuts and use them to scale down the size of government. We are not going to solve the problems we face by throwing more money at them. Moving public education to the private sector would be the ultimate solution to this.

Should Idaho's almost 300 highway and road jurisdictions be consolidated to save money?

If consolidation were to save money, then, yes, they should be consolidated, but not at the expense of local control. We need to look at moving transportation services to the private sector.

Will lawmakers have to revoke some sales tax exemptions during the 2011 session to make up for decreased government revenues?

Not if they cut spending instead, which is what I would advocate. I believe that if we scale back government to the point where it simply fulfills its proper role, we could drastically reduce taxes. We need to eliminate all current taxes, such as sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes, corporate taxes, and personal property taxes, and replace them with a simple capitation tax.

Do you think the state's lawsuit against the federal government for health insurance mandates is a good idea?

I think it is a good idea to for the state to push back against the federal government when it oversteps its bounds. Filing a lawsuit, however, is not the right way to solve them problem. As a state, we simply need to nullify the law.

How do you balance reduced revenues and fair taxation with public needs?

Public needs simply consist of protecting life, liberty, and property. When government is reduced to this level, our revenue needs would be very low, resulting in minimal taxes.

Should a new texting-while-driving bill be introduced and passed next session?

Absolutely not. There are already inattentive driving laws, but more importantly, it is a preemptive law that infringes upon our rights.

How should the state reform its urban renewal laws?

Repeal them.

Should Idaho lawmakers have more oversight regarding the operation of public charter schools in the state?

We need to privatize charter schools along with the rest of the public schools.

Is there anything else you'd like to comment on?

I will stand on the principles of the proper role of government. If we want to live as a free people in a constitutional republic, we have to be willing to scale government back. I will be a champion for liberty and individual freedom.