Candidate Full Name: Rupert Boneham
Office: Indiana Governor
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: www.RupertForGovernor.com
Campaign Name: Rupert For Governor
Campaign Office Mailing Address: Rupert For Governor, 129 E. Market St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 643-4090
Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)
1. What would be the first thing you would do if you became Governor of Indiana?
My first task as governor would be to call two meetings. The first would be with administrators and directors of each state agency. The second would be with a pool of both senior and new state workers. These meetings would identify ways to lower costs and improve efficiency within each agency.
Often politicians make grand statements about reform and reducing waste with no working knowledge about the successes and failures of the program. Going to both management and workers firsthand will point out the biggest obstacles and problems, and it will lead to workable solutions.
2. What qualities/experience would allow you to succeed if you became Governor of Indiana?
For 21 years, I've worked hands on to help our fellow Hoosiers who live on the edge of society. We teach these young men and women how to make a legal living, showing them the basic work skills such as showing up, working with others and developing a work ethic. Their accomplishments build a pride in themselves. They've done things they never imagined they could do. Where massive tax-payer funded government programs have failed our privately funded charity has succeeded. Indiana needs a governor that will lead with both compassion and a watchful eye to prevent out-of-control bureaucracy.
As a small-business owner, I have felt the pressure of tax burdens, government mandates, irrational regulations and the stresses of making ends meet. More than 86 percent of businesses in Indiana are small businesses that employ fewer than 20 people. These businesses struggle to meet payroll, pay bills, replace equipment and provide for their families. Indiana needs a governor who understands, first hand, how the weight of excess government can make businesses struggle that much harder to succeed.
3. What is your position on sales tax and income tax rate in Indiana?
The income tax rates in Indiana should be moved to a fixed, even and equal level across the board. By simplifying and lowering our taxes, we will attract new business and industry to Indiana. We must also take care to make sure that everyone, regardless of who they know or what they promise, is paying their equal and level share. Subsidizing one new business, at tax-payer expense, over another established business or industry is an unjustifiable corruption of power that historically produces little to no long-term benefit for Indiana.
I would also like to see the legislature revisit the property tax caps. I believe that farmers and small businesses shouldn't be taking on the extra tax burdens written into the Indiana Property Tax Caps Amendment. We also need the legislature to address the growing problem of poor and elderly Hoosiers losing the homes they live in due to an inability to pay assessed property taxes.