Bill Hasz

State Senator Legislative District 2

Biography & Background

The first of my family settled in North Idaho in 1884. On my mother’s side my great-great grandfather was a blacksmith in Delta, Idaho, My great grandfather was a blacksmith in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. My grandfather and his father owned a dairy up Wolfe Lodge Creek, Kootenai County, where my mother was born. My mother graduated from Wallace High School in 1945. She completed nurses training at the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington.

On my father’s side the earliest arrival was somewhere before 1910. A set of G-G grand parents and G-grand parents were farmers in Dudley Idaho. All four of them rest in the Rose Lake, Idaho Cemetery. My father was born in a house behind the Kellogg Cemetery. He attended Kellogg High School.

I graduated from Kellogg High School in 1969.

I completed the North Idaho College Millwright program in 1983. I accomplished this 11-month 5-day a week program while working graveyard shift as a shaft repairman at the Coeur Mine.

I graduated from the University of Idaho, with Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering in 1997.

I worked in law enforcement in Kellogg, Idaho beginning in 1973 for five years full time and an additional three years part time. I had reached the rank of Asst. Chief when I left the department. I was responsible for overseeing 27 full and part time employees in the department.

I spent 10 years as an underground mine laborer and maintenance mechanic until the closure of the Coeur Mine in 1991 due to low metal prices.

I returned to college at North Idaho College as an engineering student for two years before transferring to the University of Idaho to complete my degree. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. After graduation, I worked as a Mine Engineer, Project Engineer, Technical Service Manager and finally as the General Manger of two mines. When I retired I was the General Manager of the Galena Mine near Wallace, Idaho.

My wife and I have been married 47-years and raised two sons. Both sons have served in the military, one a marine and one in the army. The one in the army served a tour of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Both boys are married and each have a son and a daughter. They both reside with their families in Idaho and work in the mining industry. One works as an underground supervisor and the other as the General Manager of the mine (U of I degree in Metallurgical Engineering). Both of the sons wife’s obtained degrees from the University of Idaho one in mathematics and the other in political science. One is a house wife and one works as a high school teacher.

Top 3 Issues:

1. State Rights, State Sovereignty In order to regain our right to self-governance we must limit the control the federal government has over the states. The States created the Federal Government to benefit the states and help the states get along so that they might survive together in perpetuity as a republican form of government. The Power of the Congress are listed the enumerated power of the Constitution, specifically Article 1 Section VII. No where can I see that the federal government is to fund the state treasuries. The federal government in the 2021 Idaho budget funded 45% if the Idaho budget. If the federal government were to withhold funds the state would be bankrupt. With the funds come stipulations. That is why we find Critical Race Theory, Social Emotional Learning, Equity Framework, being taught in our classroom from kindergarten through graduate school. This why our universities openly support a Black Lives Matter a communist organization and the state does nothing to stop them even though Article IX Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution says, “No books, papers, tracts, or documents of a political, sectarian, or denominational character be used or introduced into any schools established under this section”. This section forbids funding school districts or teachers that violate this section of the constitution. The only means to gain control of the federal government is an Article V Convention of States. This provision was placed into the constitution so that the states and the people would have a means to go around the federal government. U.S. Senators and congressman have shown us that they will not impose restrains on the federal government, in themselves, to control spending and overreach of their authority. It does not matter which party is in power. The Democrats like the power the way it is, and the Republican Party has done nothing to change it. This was obvious in 2010 when the tea party sent a majority of republicans to D.C. and again when Trump had a majority of republicans in both houses. No legislation was passed that would limit government power. It is time for a Convention of States to attempt to change the way Washington D.C. works. The Convention of States project proposes a three-prong resolution to amend the constitution. 1) and amendment to balance the federal budget, 2) an amendment to set term limits of all federal office holders including federal judges and bureaucrats. 3) an amendment to limit the overreach of the federal government.
2. Focus of the education system in Idaho needs to be realigned. The Colleges and Universities teach Political rhetoric that violate the Article IX Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution. The Universities and College advertise come and we will educate you to get a good paying job. They do not tell them that the degree must be in the sciences and engineering to be able to expect a livable wage. In most sciences a master’s degree or above is required to make one eligible for employment in the field. Many graduates of the Liberal Arts colleges find they are in debt and unable to pay back student loans. I think emphasis should be shifted to vocational and technical fields that would train people for good jobs at home. Jobs such as industrial electricians, computer repair technicians, linemen, welders, construction trades are in demand and positions cannot be filled. We do not provide industry and manufacturing positions adequate training giving industry more incentive to ship jobs overseas. It is obvious throughout the past year that nearly all of our manufactured technology comes for overseas. Computer, printers, automobiles, phones are all dependent on oversea supply chain. We do not even manufacture pharmaceuticals in this country that would be critical for our survival in the event of war. Manufacturing facilities take skilled people who can install, repair and maintain the equipment and supply chains for distribution.
3. Parental Rights: Parents are being told that the state knows best for their children. This is fundamentally wrong. There are numerous incidences where school counselors are advising children that they could be transgender and advising them without the parents’ consent as to what should be done. What is being taught in school should not be taught without the consent of the majority of the parents. Parents have the right to discipline their children in a manner that is consistent with their beliefs. The State does not have the right to raise your child! Schools are teaching the lefts agenda through fear that you will be canceled, called a racist, a climate denier, a homophobe, you will be defriended on your social media platform etc.. The lefts ideology is to divide people make them hate each other and make them afraid to stand up against the left. This goes against how the majority of parents wish their children to be taught. There needs to be accountability for those who violate a parent’s rights. I do not know what that should be or how it should be introduced into law. This should be up for discussion. How should it come about? To help parents exercise their right to determine who educates their children I support school choice. Money follows the child. As long as the choice is consistent with the Idaho Constitution. The state cannot fund, religious or political institutions per Article IX Section 5 and 6 of the Idaho Constitution

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”

Article 1 Section 5 (D) Suggestion that nullification would be a affective response to unconstitutional overreach of its jurisdiction regarding states rights is absurd. The X Amendments: “”The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.”” The state and the people of the state have the same rights. If a person stands up to the federal government because he felt they were issuing “”unconstitutional mandates and federal court opinion and laws”” they would be jailed! The expectation that nullification is viable response is unrealistic and unattainable.

“”We recommend that the State of Idaho continue to request funding and assistance from the Federal Government.”” The reason we are no longer a sovereign state is because the federal government OWNS the states by making the states dependent on the federal funds. Without the Federal government funding 44.5% of the State budget, the state would be bankrupt. That is why the state has agreed to programs such as “”No Child Left Behind””. No were in the constitution is it stated that the federal government was responsible to fund the states. As long as the state take money from the federal government the state will not be free to plot its own course. Two saying are still true. : “”Nothing trumps free stuff””. and “”There is no such thing as a free hot lunch””. The state like its citizens need to stand on their own two feet and learn to live within their means.

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