- Voted to restore operational funding to address the issue of recruitment and retention of teachers and improve Idaho’s K-12 educational system, $31.2 million and $41.5 million funding for continuing implementation of the career ladder.
- Voted for HB526, providing extensive reading intervention; SB1290, establishing college and career advisors; and HB458, improving advanced opportunities for students.
- Voted for a new push for computer science and Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) education as well as an early-reading initiative.
- Voted to prevent the harvesting of fetal tissue.
- Voted to ban Idaho courts from considering foreign or Sharia Law decisions.
- Voted for two more crisis centers in the state of Idaho.
- Voted for the launching of a new coordinated suicide prevention plan, including funding for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, youth programming a public awareness campaign, and training.
- Voted for an urban renewal board; requiring a 60 percent vote for urban renewal funds to be used for public buildings like city halls and libraries; and requires all urban renewal plans to be posted annually.
Idaho School Safety and Security Advisory Board Ad Hoc Member, 2016
Public Defense Reforms Committee 2016
RECOGNIZED by the Idaho Federation of Families For Children’s Mental Health for co-sponsoring and carrying Idaho’s Anti-Bullying bill on the house floor, 2015
Patrick McDonald has spent his entire career devoted to protecting and defending his fellow citizens from harm. His reputation for honesty and integrity are unquestioned. That kind of legacy isn’t built overnight, and it’s not sacrificed on a whim.
Parents’ concerns should be the driving force through which school boards and educators take their direction, not the other way around. Whether a student is home-schooled, attends a charter school, or is taught in any of Idaho’s public school districts, they need support from the legislature to be adequately prepared higher education and/or the workforce. Rep. McDonald won’t let parents be kept out of the loop.
As a parent who has attended or sent his own children to many of the state’s colleges and universities (Boise State University, Idaho State University, BYU-Idaho, College of Western Idaho, and College of Southern Idaho), Patrick understands the value of higher education, as well as preparing students to move on to attend post-secondary institutions. Empowering parents and students is one of his passions, and a driving force behind him taking a role on the education committee during his time as a freshman legislator.
RIGHT TO LIFE
Representative McDonald is a pro-life legislator, period. His stance is based on his deep religious convictions, as well as his respect for the sanctity of human life.
Patrick McDonald believes in relieving the tax burden that Idahoans bear. His legislative record reflects that stance, and Rep. McDonald has stood his ground to refuse to increase taxes. Additionally, he supports tax relief across the board, including such items as eliminating onerous sales tax on food and groceries, reducing the state income tax burden, and returning surpluses to taxpayers.
THE SECOND AMENDMENT
The second amendment is more than just an avenue to preserve hunting and sport shooting, it’s a right that allows for personal protection and defense. Rep. Patrick McDonald’s voting record demonstrates an unwavering commitment to supporting second amendment rights in the state of Idaho. Under his watch, those rights will not be eroded. The second amendment is a INDIVIDUAL right, and not conditional upon membership in the national guard.
SEPARATION OF POWERS
Representative McDonald was the legislator that identified the flaw in the transportation bill that gave state law enforcement powers to the national guard. His catch led to a reworking of the bill into a better form that kept powers separated and centered with local law enforcement entities, as they should be.
Obamacare is a behemoth law that poses a threat to our health care system, not to mention the ill affects to our nation as a whole. Rep. McDonald agreed with Governor Otter when he joined in the nationwide lawsuit to seek to overturn the Affordable Care Act. There are better ways to handle the provision of healthcare than sending more power to Washington or through federally run exchanges.