Charles Orr

A Christian, Constitutionalist, and Veteran running for State Representative for District 10.

Charles Orr

A Christian, Constitutionalist, and Veteran running for State Representative for District 10.

Issues

“When elected by the voters of Madison County, I propose 3 strategic thrusts vital to Alabama leading the way to restoring America:  Fix Education, Improve Economics, and Institute Leadership in Good Governance.  Please contact us with your issues.”  – Charles Orr
Fix Education
First and foremost, we must fix our Alabama education systems.  We cannot lead as a state or as a nation if we do not first properly educate our next generation, not only in 21st century skills but also in the knowledge of who we are as Americans, “one nation under God.”  Alabama schools have gone from “middle of the pack” in student performance among states in 2010 to almost dead last in 2018.  The great experiment of a centrally planned, one-size-fits-all national education system for all students has failed for Alabama.  Teachers and parents have struggled valiantly to teach our children in spite of such a system.

–  Return control of our public education policy from Washington D.C. and Montgomery, Alabama back to our parents, our teachers and our local school boards.  Federal education dollars represent only about 10% of our total education spending in Alabama but dictate over 90% of what goes on in the classrooms.  By block granting education dollars from Washington D.C. back to Alabama without all the mandates, we can return control of education to parents and teachers, where it rightly belongs and must belong in order to fix our education system.

–  Spend our education tax dollars in the classroom, not on a growing bureaucracy which in turn administratively burdens our local schools and teachers.

–  The “bottom line” for any education system to succeed:  Empower teachers to teach and empower parents to parent motivated students.  Period.

Improve Economic Opportunities
We need to improve the business environment for all Alabama entrepreneurs.  We are rated only 38th in the nation due in part to State regulations /taxes and workforce education, Alabama must become more business friendly for all current as well as future employers.

– The Tennessee Valley has now secured automotive manufacturing along with our niche in aerospace technologies.  We are also well poised to excel in cyberspace technology.  Encourage more biotechnology industry as the next great high-tech industrial diversification for the Valley

–  Expand Community Colleges both in capacity and scope to fill the ever-widening skills gaps now facing many current employers in Alabama

–  Provide remediation of any academic skill sets for potential employees.

–  Reform and simplify State taxation by instituting the FairTax model, eliminating all business income, capital gains and corporate taxes.

–  Finally, the Alabama licensing bureaucracies discourage current businesses from expanding and act as barriers to new businesses by Alabama citizens.  Require a state license in an industry only where a significant improvement in service and safety to the customers can be demonstrated.

Protect Sanctity of Life
Protect God-given rights, including life, for all Alabama citizens.  Enact a “point-of-conception personage” bill for an Alabama constitutional amendment to answer that issue raised by the Supreme Court’s decision in “Roe v. Wade” on abortion.
Restore Liberty
I propose Alabama become the national leader restoring the Republic through instituting principles of good governance, protecting our God-given rights including life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness for all citizens.    Let Alabama lead the nation in a return to constitutional “federalism”.

– According to one Alabama representative to the U.S. Congress, they are making policy on “thousands” of issues about which they do not understand.  Let Alabama do the things we can do without the federal edicts.  Let local governments do the things they can do without inappropriate state dictates.  Let businesses serve their customers with only the most necessary safety regulations and competition assurances.  Let families and churches do what they are supposed to do without the unnecessary government interference

– Let’s begin to ween the Alabama budget from federal funding dependence with its intrusive Washington “red tape” and ineffective policies that inevitably follow.  This current practice makes both federal and state government more expensive and less effective.  Begin by petitioning our U.S. Congressional delegation to “block grant” our tax dollars back to Alabama without any of the federal bureaucracy mandating how to spend our own money.

Medicaid, for example, costs Alabama nearly $800 million (and growing largely due to ever-growing federal mandates) of our total Alabama general budget of $1.8 billion.

— Federal education dollars represent only about 10% of our total education spending in Alabama but dictate over 90% of what goes on in the classrooms.  By block granting education dollars back to Alabama without all the mandates, we can return control of education to parents and teachers, where it rightly belongs, and must belong, in order to fix our education system.

–  Pass legislation proposing an Alabama constitutional amendment to limit all future State House representatives to 3 full terms (12 years).  Current representatives would be “grandfathered” and not impacted by such term-limits.  Nor would it apply to the State Senate.

Reform State Budget

–  Eliminate the current budget earmark system which automatically locks in as much as 92% of the State’s spending

–  Implement a zero-based budget process in which every taxpayer dollar allocated must be re-justified each budget cycle.

–  Make the Joint Task Force on Budget Reform a permanent body of the legislature to continually examine return on taxpayer dollars and make ongoing recommendations for budget reforms.

–  Institute a 2-year budget cycle, instead of an annual budget, as part of a 5-year program planning cycle to facilitate strategic viewing of budget chokepoints and to help accommodate any large capital investment projects such as major construction.

Increase Lawmaking Transparency
–  Require pre-filing of all proposed legislation 10 business days before the legislature convenes making exceptions only by 2/3 vote of each house.

– Make the official scheduling and tracking of all bills completely transparent to all citizens online.

Reform Taxation
Simplify and streamline Alabama taxation system by instituting the FairTax model, thus eliminating all State income, capital gains and corporate taxes.
Let’s Make Alabama Even Greater:   #MakeBamaGreat

I am Charles Orr and I ask your support for the Alabama State House District 10 Republican Primary Election on June 5.