If I am elected, I will focus my efforts on these three priorities:
Keeping government in its appropriate role.
Government should provide its services at the lowest reasonable cost to the taxpayers. We need to balance the use of the budget surplus between spending and saving. I will support increased savings to the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund, but will also work to fund the reconstruction and maintenance of state, county and municipal roads, and transmission facilities for electrical and hydrocarbon energy. We need to support self reliance and initiative, economic diversification, and reasonable development, but recognize that not every problem can be solved by throwing money at it. I will work to protect our borders and our civil rights.
Enhancing the productivity and dignity of Wyoming's people.
It is time to expand the healthcare insurance system. If we follow the lead of other states, we can greatly increase the availability and affordability of health insurance, and greatly increase the number of citizens covered. Massachusetts (with the help of insurers), the Heritage Foundation and others have developed various models that we can adapt and adopt to help solve this nearly universal problem. Increasing coverage will give people dignity and choice without breaking them or the state's general fund. I will support workforce development, not only for college-bound students, but also support vocational skills and programs for traditional and non-traditional students, especially at the community colleges.
Keeping the taxpayers? tax burden fair.
Wyoming taxpayers deserve not to be taxed more than absolutely necessary. Taxes must be levied fairly and consistently and collected courteously, promptly and conveniently. I will support permanently eliminating the sales tax on food, and work to relieve the undue burden placed upon many taxpayers? by skyrocketing property values.
I will work hard for Wyoming. I would appreciate your vote.
From my picture, I hope that it is obvious that I am a male. I am 50, and happily married to Kristie. We have two children, a son, age 25, and a daughter, age 17. We are proud of both of them. One is a CPA candidate working in San Fransisco. and the other is a senior in high school. Krisitie and I grew up in Casper, WY, graduating from High School here. Returned to Wyoming to raise our family, and be part of this wonderful community and state.
B.S., Accounting - BYU - 1980
M.S., Taxation - Southeastern University (Wash., D.C.) - 1983
J.D., University of Wyoming - 1992
Currently and attorney practicing in estate and business planning at Perkins & Powers, P.C. Formerly a CFO/Comptroller for a high-tech firm in Northern Virginia.
I have no military experience.
Currently Board Member - Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming, Board Member - Casper Downtown Development Association, and adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America. Formerly Board Member of Wyoming Special Olympics
Board of County Commissioners, Natrona County Wyoming - Chairman 2005-2006
Director, Wyoming County Commissioner's Association
My best accomplishment so far is raising two wonderful children and being a good husband to Kristie.
I am running for this office to give back to a state and community that has been very good to my family. I love Natrona County and Wyoming, and need to think hard about what we want them to look like in 20 or 30 years. We need to balance that vision with the current needs of it citizens. This is truly a state of opportunity and each citizen deserves a chance at realizing the American Dream
Source: Submitted by Drew A. Perkins (11/02/2006)
I have three priorities
1. To keep government in its appropriate role - Controlling expenditures while making wise investments in infrastructure and the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund.
2. To enhance the productivity and dignity of Wyoming's citizens by working to expand affordable healthcare and health insurance and to enhance and enlarge our workforce by supporting post-secondary education and vocational training so that each Wyoming citizen can have the opportunity to support himself or herself and his or her family.
3. Keeping the tax burden fair for all citizens.
The state should support local initiatives to deal with and prevent addiction. That support should come in the form of providing financial, technical and organizational resources to support local efforts. We have to find a way to reclaim those of our citizenry that are lost to drug addiction.
Six Things I Would Do to Start Resolving Wyoming's Insurance Crisis
Wyoming has a healthcare crisis. 70,000 (1 out of 7) of Wyoming's residents are uninsured. Here are six things that I would do to begin solving the crisis.
1. Reduce barriers to coverage by reviewing the costs of state mandates and eliminating unnecessary regulation.
2. Do state-wide survey of private plans, and then design a purchasing cooperative to provide affordable health plans similar to the one cooperative for Federal employees.
3. Jump-start the purchasing cooperative by including state employees and then open it to local governments, small businesses, and individuals. Insurers would bid and/or compete for consumers through the cooperative.
4. Inventory the costs that Wyoming already spends on the uninsured and redirect those costs toward subsidies for low income persons to purchase private health insurance through the cooperative.
5. Cooperate with existing federal initiatives that allow federal money to be used to help subsidize health insurance premiums for low income persons.
6. Develop preventative care incentives for EqualityCare (Medicaid) enrollees to reduce emergency room visits and obtain medical intervention before a condition requires more extensive and expensive care.
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Wyoming enjoys some of the lowest property taxes in the Nation. However, skyrocketing property values and the attendant increase in property taxes are putting home ownership at risk for some. I would support property tax relief that pinpoints the relief to those who need the relief. I believe funding the homestead exemption and potentially increasing the amount of the exemption could provide relief that would disproportionately (and appropriately) benefit low and fixed income individuals.
I believe that government should not tax anymore than necessary. I don't believe that you tax just because you can. Wyoming currently enjoys large surpluses. While we enjoy them, I would not support new taxes. I would support re-examining and diversifying our tax base and re-orienting how we tax, but believe that any work in that area should be tax/revenue neutral.
I would support making the sales tax exemption on food permanent.