CLyde myers for Indiana State Representative - district 59

Most of our lawmakers, on both sides of the aisle, don't even bother to read the legislation on which they vote. This is legislation which impacts our economy, education systems, infrastructure and even our personal freedoms and liberties and those people whom we have chosen to represent our ideas and values can't seem to even be bothered to understand the depth and breadth of the changes they are about to make in the lives of real Hoosiers. 

My name is Clyde Myers. I am an accomplished project coordinator for a private firm. In this role, I have to read every detail of every document for every project that I oversee. I am used to reading very lengthy (and very boring) documents thoroughly and picking apart the finer details. I have quite effectively learned to detect ambiguity in proposals that could lead to unsustainability, scope creep, unintended consequences, delays and/or expenses. This has led to me being an effective leader that keeps projects on time, within scope and within budget.

The reason that I have been effective at managing projects is that I am not afraid to use one little word which many find offensive... NO! I consider it tough love. It's much like parenting. As a parent, I am the steward of my children and my job is not to always make them happy or give them whatever they want. My job is to teach them how the world works and how to be good and decent human beings. In project management, my effectiveness comes from this same willingness to say NO when that's the right thing to do, whether or not it is the popular opinion. When stakeholders attempt to add items to the project that are not defined in the scope and, subsequently, the budget, I say NO. If it won't work within the time, scope and budget of the project, then it simply can't be done. I want to bring that level-headed, tough love to state government.

If you choose to give me the opportunity to serve you in Indiana State Congress, I will vote NO on any proposed legislation that would:

- Grow the size or scope of government.
- Decrease the effectiveness of how government services are maintained or distributed.
- Infringe on any personal freedoms of Hoosiers.
- Contradict any rights guaranteed by the Constitutions of the State of Indiana and/or the United States of America.
- Prioritize Federal power over that of Indiana. (unless specifically authorized by the US Constitution or Supreme Court)
- Reduce any control or influence of local parents, teachers and school boards over the curriculum or administration of their schools in favor of State or Federal initiatives.
- Add unnecessary regulation or licensure that could impede the creation or growth of home-based sole proprietorships and other small businesses.

I have a hard time imagining any piece of legislation that would not attempt to do at least one of those things. Therefore I fully expect to vote NO on every single piece of legislation that makes its way through the Indiana House. I could be convinced to vote YES on legislation that would steward your money in a more effective manner or ensure more freedoms in the state of Indiana. I doubt that any legislation like that would be proposed by the general assembly unless I am a member of it and personally propose such legislation.


Second Amendment:
- I am FOR Constitutional Carry in Indiana. Private businesses, organizations, and landowners can set their own weapons policies.

Reform of Liquor laws:
- I am FOR Sunday alcohol sales by any licensed retailer.
- I am FOR Cold beer sales by any licensed retailer
- I am FOR the abolition of Beer Baron laws that prohibit competition and inflate prices.

Cigarette Tax:
- I am absolutely AGAINST any increases in cigarette taxes, which would be nothing more than a tax on the already struggling working class. I do not support the raising taxes for any reason. If money is needed, it can be found by eliminating waste and fraud. If more money is needed, it can be raised through voluntary exchange and fundraisers. I'll wash cars if I have to.

- I do not support any restrictions on vaping among people 18 and older. Though it is far from healthy, Vaping can be a much less harmful activity than tobacco smoking and has helped many people quit tobacco. It may still be a bad habit but it is a step in the right direction. This Industry should not be encumbered in any way. By restricting and over regulating the Vape industry, Indiana lawmakers have directly and substantially impacted the health of real Hoosiers for the worse.

Gasoline Tax:
- I absolutely do not support any increase in a gasoline tax. Gasoline taxes are collected for the purposes of funding road construction and repairs. However, the state has been raiding the road funds for other pet projects. Until this practice has been ended, the state has no right to claim that it needs more of your money for roads. 

State Police Salary Increase:
- I am conditionally in favor of a pay increase for the fine men and women of the state police force. To draw good people and reduce turnover, an acceptable middle-class wage is a necessary component. Higher wages will also help to mitigate corruption problems. I would be in favor of the increase on the following conditions:
- The pay increase is not paid out of a deficit
- As increases in pay in private sectors often come at the acquiring of new skills, education, and certifications, the pay increase for state police must be accompanied by a training program that better informs police officers of their limitations of power and the constitutional rights of citizens, as well as nonlethal crisis negotiation. I want our police force to be well equipped and well armed, but also armed with knowledge and empathy. This will better protect both citizens and police officers and establish Indiana as leader in nonviolent conflict resolution. No officer that did not complete the training would be eligible for any increases in pay.

Marijuana Legalization:
- As agriculture is key to the economy of the state, I support the legalization of the cultivation of industrial hemp without the need for specific, state-issued licensure of any kind.

If elected to represent you in the Indiana Statehouse, I will propose the following legislation:

- A bill to require state government to run with a balanced or surplus budget. If surplus, a cap of 5% would be required. If any budget runs in surplus of 5% for more than 2 years, the state would have to return the surplus to taxpayers through direct reimbursement.
- Legalization of industrial grade hemp without any required permits.