Role of Government

Role of Government

Two primary factors govern my views on the role of government. The first is that in the majority of cases, the level of government closest to the people on an issue is the level best suited to make policy decisions. The second is that government needs to be efficient in its decision-making and application processes. What does this mean? I think decisions are best made where the rubber hits the road, by the community impacted or the folks paying the bills. We have to maintain balance, though, by making sure the decisions made make the best use of resources.

For instance, if multiple cities within a county decide to adopt vastly different tax structures, collection and remittance of taxes would be cumbersome between cities by citizens and businesses that might operate in one city, but purchase supplies in another.  The cost of tax collection would be high due to the staff required by the cumbersome nature, negatively affecting the net tax collected in comparison to an efficient system. The efficient application of tax policy keeps tax decisions at a local level, providing reasonable uniformity for citizens and business while meeting the revenue needs of cities.  Government should not impose regulation burdens on small businesses and lawmakers should work to remove burdensome and unreasonable regulations whenever possible. We must never forget that small businesses employ the vast majority of our workforce labor—small business drives our economy.

Different levels of government exist for a reason. The federal government would not be a good judge of property land use and zoning in Santa Clara and foreign policy shouldn’t be handled at the city level. There is a proper check and balance not just between the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, but also between the levels of government.  The state should avoid micro-managing our local governments.  And states need to be vigilant in asserting their sovereignty against intrusions by the federal government.  For example, the education of our children in our public schools should be governed by our state and local leaders, including our state board of education and our local school boards—not dictated by the federal government agencies or Congress.   is critical to remember that every level of government has a role to play and each role is valuable. In order for our democracy to function properly, each level of government needs to function in their respective role and recognize it is a servant of the people.