(Nancy Dallas) – Robb Archie is running for the Assembly District 26 seat, being vacated by Assemblyman Ty Cobb. You can learn more about Robb’s background and political agenda at www.busyave.com/robbarchie
You have been a very successful business man. Is this your first run for an elected office? Why did you decide to run for the State Assembly? Do you have a ‘campaign team’ and a ‘game plan’ in place? Did anyone within the Republican Party approach you to run or offer any specific support?
This is not the first time I have run for an elected office and after receiving 34% of the vote in the 2008 Republican Primary of District 26, many of the same people who supported me then are supporting me today. Suffice it to say, that everyone who approached me and helped in my campaign is a Republican.
How much money do you intend to commit to this campaign? Will you be putting your own money into your effort? To what degree?
The campaign is well funded and we have more than enough resources to finish the primary.
What personal attributes do you think would best serve you as a newcomer to the State Legislature?
I bring the commodity that is most lacking at the Nevada State Legislature, common sense.
What are the demographics of your district? What do you perceive to be the most important issues facing your district? Explain your position on each.
Regardless of who I might ask, (demographics), the number one issue in Assembly District 26 is getting people back to work and improving the Nevada economy. I would sunset every new tax enacted in the legislative session of 2009 and hold firm on a position of no new taxes! In addition, I will be signing and sending in the tax payer protection pledge.
Nevada will be facing some major budget decisions during the 2011 Legislative session. What would be your priorities in balancing a budget that is projected to be in deficit approximately $2 billion? Would you support the legislated sunset of the tax increases passed by the 2009 legislature?
Tough decisions will need to be made and I will make those tough decisions at the legislature without hiding behind the Nevada Vision Stakeholders Group. Regardless of their position, political candidates must take responsibility in the Primary Election, the General Election and the legislative session so that voters have something to count on.
Where do you stand in regards to schools of choice, charter schools, school vouchers? Assuming you support these programs in concept, as a State Assemblyman to what degree would you support state funding of them?
I support more school choice, more charter schools and a responsible school voucher system. One of my first BDR’s will be to legislate these concepts into Nevada’s education system.
How would you address improving the performance of Nevada’s public school population?
Measure every student individually using a longitudinal model of success.
As a legislator, what would you specifically propose doing to encourage bringing greater diversity to Nevada’s economy? Elaborate.
The reality is Nevada’s economy! Therefore, the state government will need to survive with fewer resources for the time being. Energy (including nuclear and nuclear processing), manufacturing, high speed rail transportation and maybe even a NASA facility, are all areas that the Nevada State legislature can encourage with the right public policy.
How would you address concerns in regards to Nevada’s illegal immigrant population?
The recent events in the Arizona legislature should be giving every political candidate something to think about! I would hope that anyone who is in Nevada and the USA illegally would now consider returning to their country of origin and coming back legally. That would be the best way to avoid almost certainly, similar legislation here in Nevada in the 2011 legislature.
State tuition support of in-state students at Nevada’s two universities ranks far above the national average. Would you support reducing this support in an effort to reduce budget deficits? Are there specific cuts you would propose within the state university system budget?
The Nevada system of higher education (NSHE) needs more autonomy to manage budgets, tuition and many other decisions similar to what was discussed in the Sage Commission report. Nevada no longer has the luxury of enjoying a low cost higher education system, courtesy of tourism.
What do you see as the best means of providing sustainable, affordable energy to Nevada? Do you support nuclear energy? Elaborate.
I believe we should build a Nevada Energy Park in Yucca Mountain or someplace similar, while developing all forms of green energy, including nuclear, solar, geothermal and wind.
What is your position in regards to the state spending $500,000 to fund an independent tax study of the State’s tax structure by an outside expert; and, appointment by the Interim Finance Committee (IFC) of a 15 member “Nevada Vision Stakeholders Group” to study how the state is preparing for its future?
If elected to the Nevada State Legislature, I will disavow the Nevada Vision Stakeholders Group report due to it’s flawed structure, research restrictions, membership makeup and the dominance of one voice that just moved here from Washington DC. I’m sure there is a paper shredder at the legislature we can use!
Do you support Nevada’s Right-to-Work law? Should Nevada State employees be allowed to unionize?
Yes, I do support Nevada’s Right-to-Work Law and I would oppose any expansion of NRS 288 to state employees at this time. We already have enough trouble at the local level.
What is you position in regards to moving water from one water basin to another in order to sustain Nevada’s population growth?
It didn’t work in California and I don’t know why we would want to copy them.