In the Legislature, I will be a strong voice for South Dakota and Sioux Falls. My philosophy of state government is a body that promotes jobs and economic development primarily by having business-friendly laws and regulations.
I’m passionate about working to maintain and improve the business and job opportunities available to our children. If our children choose to live and work here, they should not be required to forgo professional development or income opportunities that would be available to them in locations outside the region.
Leading up to the November 8th general election, I’ll be knocking on doors, making phone calls, hosting information sessions, and chatting over coffee with voters like yourself.
I plan to work hard to earn your vote and I hope I can count on your support November 8th.
G. Mark Mickelson
Good jobs are our state’s lifeblood. Our state needs business-friendly laws and limited workable regulations. Individuals and small companies through their free-enterprise activity have spawned many of our area’s largest employers. Among today’s small companies and entrepreneurial individuals are tomorrow’s large employers and wealth creators. Economic development breeds opportunity for our citizens.
K-12 and higher education are critical tools for personal as well as economic development. Education is the backbone of democracy. It is also the foundation upon which our citizens build their futures. The number one economic development tool is an educated and trained workforce. I support strengthening governance and funding for post-secondary technical institutes.
As a fiscal conservative, I believe in a basic principle that just like South Dakota families, the state must live within its means. Fiscal restraint is the first step towards making sure that citizens of the state remain in control of the bureaucracy. I will work to hold state government accountable and to make certain our tax system is fair and equitable.
Even when we do it all right, some will fall through the cracks. A properly designed safety net must be there for those down on their luck, or for the elderly, disabled and displaced. For those of working age without disability, the programs must recognize that encouragement and opportunity trump entitlement. Curtailing benefits over time and requiring responsible behavior and productive engagement in our community will offer the best long term prospects for all. We need to remember that with the acceptance of most federal dollars comes more strings and control from the federal government.
As an avid outdoorsman, I believe in preserving and maintaining our natural resources for future generations.
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