Douglas is a business owner trying to be a governor

James Scott Quick of Douglas is a new Republican candidate for governor. Mr. Quick came to Wyoming in 1969 and graduated from Douglas High School. After serving in the Navy, he worked in the energy industry and now owns a service company in the oil field. He told Bob Beck that he was concerned about the loss of freedom in the country and in the state, and that was what got him into the race. Quick said he has some priorities that he would like to work on.

James Scott Quick: Return to our state parks instead of this reservation system. In our park, maybe 10 to 15 percent of the seats should be for reservations, I know that’s important. Our tourism is important. And I know that when people travel long distances they want to know where to go. But the truth is, I’ve been actively campaigning for over a year, talking to thousands of people in Wyoming. And the main problem in the state is that we can’t even use our state parks because we can’t make reservations for them and then people go down there, and they’re half full. So I want to go back to the pandemic things in our state parks.

I really want to address the staff of our state. There are 15,100 state employees, the last time I checked. I want to get really good climbs, not two percent, not five percent, to get them to where they need to be so they can make a living. Especially on our Wyoming highway patrol, we’ll probably drop our highway patrol by more than 50 percent by the end of the summer. And the ones I talked about are one of the main things [they say] they are unlikely to survive with the money they are paying. And these guys are literally risking their lives every day they go to work.

The other thing I want to work on is the nuclear power plant coming to Wyoming. I really have a lot of questions about that, I would really like to say that instead of opening power plants instead of closing them. I think we need to protect jobs, then we need to worry about new jobs. My wife thought more than a year ago that we could buy or take these four factories that want to create and close a cooperative with the people of Wyoming and move on.

Bob Beck: One area is health care. Many people in the state are struggling to pay for insurance and get proper insurance and health care. And one of the proposed solutions is the spread of Medicaid. First of all, what do you think about the spread of Medicaid? And if you don’t like that, what would you do about some of these issues?

JQ: I need to study a lot more than I can. But with the Medicaid Spread, is the government just getting more involved in your personal life? I don’t think that’s the answer. I believe that we need to open up more competition in the free market. I think that would lower prices, but I don’t agree with the Medicaid spread.

BB: Now, another thing we are talking about in the state is the need for mental health resources and the lack of them in the state. Do you have any ideas about this and what we can do about it?

JQ: I’ve been very lucky when they didn’t have to deal with things like that. But, I’ve talked to a lot of people in the state about it. And as I understand it, a lot of funding has been cut for many mental health people in Wyoming, for providers, and for those who provide support and more. I would really like to look at that and why do we cut that? You know, I don’t think we should cut mental health funding at all. So I mean, that’s why I think we really need to look at why funding has been cut for that and whether we can recover.

BB: This year I have heard a lot about K-12 education in various fields. Although we often talk about the funding aspect, there are other things to choose from and such as choosing a school. If you were selected, what areas of education would you be interested in and what changes or proposals do you have in this area?

JQ: I honestly think this will be one of the hardest to deal with when it comes to K a 12. Because I believe in school opportunities. I mean, we should have more. I think they’re really bringing a charter school and more to the state right now. I just heard from Casper that they are building one. I think it will be online next year. I’m not sure about that. But we need to get more of them into the state.

I think we need more business schools than K 12. I think we should try to get more business schools in the state. And the truth is, from our KH to 12, I help my parents and teachers more than I would the administration, because I’ve heard a few numbers about it. And I think there are 23 counties in the state. And I think 48 school districts. I really want to study it because I don’t understand why. I know we pay a lot for each child from our K 12 onwards and I don’t think we will get enough for that. So I think that’s going to be one of the biggest obstacles to dealing with.

BB: Another long thing I hear from Republicans across the state right now is how to equalize Wyoming’s revenue? You’re in the energy industry, you probably know that better than anyone, but no one wants a new tax. In fact, in your industry, people are looking to reduce some taxes. So how do we stabilize our revenue if we have to do it?

JQ: Many, if we reduce our regulations, I think we will take the government out of the way we make the government smaller. And I love to compete because I do better. It really makes me want to see my dollars and stuff. And I think if we could get the government out of the way, cut some regulations and open them up, we would bring more business to the state.

BB: So is it attracting more business? Do we need to reform the tax system so that there are other businesses that pay as much as your industry?

JQ: It needs to be seriously considered. With government grants and other such things, it should be fair in general. And I mean, it’s definitely something that needs to be looked at, and no one industry has to pay more than another.

I was asked what I could do for state agriculture? I’m not an older person. I grew up in villages. I know a lot of people who own land. And one of the things I do [heard] our water rights are a major issue. The 30/30 things that come out of Washington DC are what we need to deal with as much as we can. I also want to get more Wyoming calves in Wyoming schools.

BB: I also want to ask you about real estate taxes. A lot of people in the state are struggling with them. Do you have any thoughts and any repairs that can be made?

JQ: That’s been a lot of fun lately. They’ve gone up a bit here in Converse County, I don’t think they’ve gone up as much as in other places. That’s something else that really needs to be looked at. And I think we need to put some kind of hat on where they can’t climb. From what I understand, some of these places are going to be horrible in property taxes. And that’s for me, that’s not right, we need to look really seriously and get to where the cap is.

BB: How do people get more information about you and get in touch with you?

JQ: If they go to my website. I’m also on Facebook like James Scott Quick. And then my email. My phone number is 307-359-9576. And if I don’t answer that phone, please leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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