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Phil Hart

State Senator Legislative District 2

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Biography & Background

I am single and have one daughter from a previous marriage. She is working on a Ph.D. in Chinese Medicine and will graduate late in 2022.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I own Alpine Engineering, a firm that does structural engineering and civil engineering. I am licensed as a Professional Engineer in about a dozen states. I am also MSHA certified for open-pit mining. I have lived in Coeur d’Alene, Athol, and now Kellogg since 1995. I have lived in the new Legislative District 2 for 24 years.
I have served seven years on the Board of the Remington Water District in the Athol area. At the time, I was a resident of, and a customer of that water district. From 2004 until 2012 I was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives representing the north and east areas of Kootenai County. My voting record as a legislator was both socially and fiscally conservative. I also authored and successfully ran legislation that was conservative in nature. Since 2004 until today, the Idaho Legislature has passed only 2 bills that were signed into law that directly pushed back on the federal government. I was the author of both those bills.

Top 3 Issues:

1. I believe our state is moving away from its conservative roots, and state government is becoming too large. I don’t see enough legislators resisting this process and at the same time, our freedoms and rights are being eroded. I wrote an article about the growth of government entitled “Uncle Sam is Biggest Brother” where I stated that the “United States government is the biggest government the human race has ever seen on Planet Earth.”
You can find my article here: https://newswithviews.com/uncle-sam-is-the-biggest-brother/
I want to bring a constitutional amendment to limit the size of state government by limiting state powers to only those powers enumerated in the state government. This constitutional amendment is needed because our Idaho Supreme Court says that state government has all power unless the state constitution prohibits that power! See Diefendorf vs. Gallet, 51 Idaho 619 (1932)
2. Property Taxes.
Property receives a benefit from government. The benefits property gets from local government include fire protection, police protection, and utility services. While at the same time, property taxes are skyrocketing with skyrocketing property values.
A large part of property taxes are used to pay for education, as it is claimed that the public schools create a “public good.” Today I think this is debatable. I think one way to reduce the cost of education, and therefore reduce property taxes is to create competition in education. The public schools should be made to compete for student enrollment dollars with other types of schools in the education marketplace.
Most of the fuel causing the increase in property values is expansion of the money supply. This is a federal issue, but in the past I have run legislation at the state level that would help.
3. Emergency Powers and Mandates.
The American Model of government is based on the idea that Man was created in the image of God and each man or woman has equal standing before God. This translates into our political system where each Citizen has equal standing before the government, and therefore has equal rights in our political system. In our system, all governmental power has been delegated from the People to the government. There has never been any comprehensive power delegated from the People to the government concerning executive orders or mandates. Therefore, executive orders or mandates can only directly affect those people over whom the person issuing such order or mandate has authority. In the case of our governor, only his employees who are employed by the executive branch of state government should be subject to his executive orders. Our founding fathers never envisioned giving health care jurisdiction to government.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. I support the Idaho Republican 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.”

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