Noah believes in equal education for all Arizonans. He believes students should be exposed to computer programming fundamentals in Kindergarten, and receive computer science and other STEM curriculum with great intensity throughout their education. Noah favors equal educational opportunities for all of Arizona’s children, and he is opposed to government spending and taxation policies that contribute to the divide between the quality of education received by the affluent and the poor and middle class. He supports initiatives that transfer education costs away from parents and onto businesses hiring Arizona’s graduates, such as higher corporate taxes. In return, he believes businesses have the right and responsibility to influence educational standards so that Arizona graduates exceed their expectations.
Noah believes that the great companies of the future want to locate in states that have progressive social attitudes and the infrastructure to provide opportunities for success as well as, diverse lifestyles for their employees. Furthermore, while businesses will always publicly seek tax cuts and tax breaks, they also understand taxes enable the best education, security, health care, and other government services that are vital for competitive advantage. Robust government services allow their employees to live comfortable and fulfilled lives. He looks to California (the largest US economy) and Norway (2nd highest median income in the world) as just 2 leading examples where companies accept regulations and taxes in exchange for excellence.
Noah believes that government debt is an immoral tax on the next generation, and he is opposed to any budget that does not rapidly pay down state debt.
Noah believes anyone who wants to live in Arizona has as much right to live here as anyone who already lives here, regardless of birth nationality. He believes well meaning immigrants who came here despite quotas and restrictions to the contrary should receive expedited legal status.
Noah believes all Arizona citizens should have access to emergency medical services regardless of their income and insurance. He also believes that individuals must be responsible for their own actions, and that the citizens of the state should not be on the hook for medical costs that are the result of a lifetime of known poor lifestyle and health choices. He also recognizes that even in the case of unexpected life threatening illness, Arizona citizens cannot bear the cost of expensive treatments that are likely to prolong life only briefly, or add questionable quality to one’s remaining days.
Raising the Standard of Living for All Arizonans
Noah believes individuals earning over $150,000 per year and households earning over $400,000 per year should spend time relaxing and financially enriching others, and should stop activities designed to further increase their personal incomes. Noah does not support legislation mandating maximum incomes, but he will use the above figures as a guide when approving legislation with financial consequences. He will always ask himself, “Does this legislation create more exceptionally high earners, or bring more people out poverty?” He does understand the mathematical reality that those two possibilities are antithetical, you cannot do both at the same time. Every time one individual earns more than the median income, another must earn less. When some people earn dozens or hundreds of times the median income, then dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people are forced far below the median.
Noah supports the legalization of marijuana, with common sense regulations to protect the vulnerable from abuse, and the rapid release of all who have been imprisoned exclusively for using and selling it.
Noah is not a marijuana user himself, but he thinks it’s very unfortunate that many people who would benefit from the use of cannabis do not feel comfortable using it because of the stigma attached to it.
Noah is committed to doing everything in his power to ensure that today’s Arizonans reduce waste and conspicuous consumption. Future generations should have greater access to the natural resources and beautiful landscapes that make Arizona great, not less. He supports expanded sustainable energy infrastructure investments and research, especially solar.
Noah supports the right of anyone who wants to own a gun to do so. Per the Constitution, he thinks responsible gun ownership should require active involvement and good standing with the Arizona National Guard, Arizona’s militia. He will create programs to facilitate the National Guard participation by a much greater number of Arizona’s citizens on a more limited basis. Additionally, he strongly discourages gun owners with children from keeping their guns at home, as they exponentially increase the risk of their little ones being injured or killed by a gun. He does not think this recommendation should be enshrined in legislation.
Federal Surveillance and Cyber Security
The federal intelligence community needs to be sufficiently accountable to the people it serves, which has not been the case for some time. Modern technology has exacerbated this situation. The most effective way to defuse the problem of an unaccountable shadow government is for states to band together and demand reform. Noah will build a coalition of states with the strength and resolve to demand accountable intelligence practices and ensure secure cyber access for us and generations to come.
Noah recognizes that political parties play a valuable role helping candidates and voters organize and disseminate information outside of elections. However, political parties have legislated for themselves unfair advantages that undermine electing moderate candidates that best represent the will of the people, and can bring unity to dysfunctional governments, especially at the national level. To eliminate those advantages, Noah supports the following reforms:
- Ballots should be free from all partisan designations (e.g. no (R), (D), etc. next to candidate names)
- General elections should be held between the top three primary candidates, with no consideration of political parties.
Noah supports the recalibration of our law enforcement and corrections resources to focus on:
- Restitution, where applicable.
- Psychologically proven rehabilitation programs. Incarceration is not such a program.
- Penalties that treat all wrongdoers proportionally (e.g. service hours instead of fines).
- Noah also recognizes that many criminals suffer from mental illness, and he supports a more robust mental health program as part of a crime reduction strategy.