The R.I.S.E. Principles

The R.I.S.E principles are a set of ideas and beliefs based on biblical doctrine, which both articulates and promotes order instead of chaos; prosperity as opposed to poverty. The word R.I.S.E. is an acronym for: Responsible government; Individual liberty and fidelity; Strong family values; and Economic empowerment. These principles lay the groundwork for a productive and prosperous society. For a fuller explanation of the R.I.S.E. Principles, click here

Tax Reform

Much of the heavy tax burden we face in our district and the state could be alleviated if we replaced the income tax and property tax with a consumption tax. We would tax consumption, not income or property. School funding for education would no longer be based on where you live. This is the real Fair Tax, not what Gov. Pritzker is promoting.

A “consumption tax” would help unleash the economic engine of Illinois. It would not penalize people for what they make or the value of their homes, condominiums, or rentals. Citizens would control the amount of taxes they pay based on how much they spend.

Education Reform

To achieve better educational outcomes we must not only change the way we fund our education system; but, also change what we offer and the quality of what is offered. This includes the need for vocational schools that teach students a marketable skill. We also need to allow more charter and private school access through opportunity grants, which give parents and students a diversity of choices, not the current one size fits all.

Family Stability

Family stability is important for the prosperity of our communities. That is why tax reform and education reform are important to the stability of the nuclear family. Evidence has shown that a reduction in juvenile delinquency, out of wedlock births, abortion, and healthy, happy homes makes for a healthy happy community. Likewise, these communities are more likely to attract more business opportunities and development.

,Consequently, it is incumbent upon both state and local governments to generate a public policy that helps sustain the family, and not destroy it.

Government Reform

The first letter in the R.I.S.E. Principles stands for responsible government. This means that the Government learns to operate within the parameters set by our constitution and the revenues at our disposal. Tax cuts, not tax increases, should be the first option on the table for addressing budgetary shortfalls.

In accordance with the spending and revenue issues, we need to make sure that all public policy takes into account the unintended consequences of all policy proposals. All public policies have pros and cons, and as stated above all policy should be family-friendly.

Lastly, every effort should be made to discourage corruption in our political process. The cost of corruption in Illinois and Springfield especially is a cost we can no longer afford to bear.

Next Steps…

Rising to build a better future starts today and it begins with you!