We reached out to just about every candidate that we ranked with a questionnaire specific to the office they are running for. Here are the answers Mr. Mills provided.
Mr. Mills is a Libertarian. He's running to represent Nevada's 20th Senate District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I am an army veteran, business owner, and father from Senate District 20. Unlike my opponents, I am local to the district. I am a graduate of Boulder City High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. I am active in the liberty movement and a tireless champion of freedom and self-ownership for all Nevadans.
Do you agree or disagree with the measures taken by state officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What do you think should have been done or done differently?
Absolutely disagree. The government’s role should have been nothing more than advisory. Government imposed lockdowns, enforced mask and vaccine mandates, closed our schools and businesses, and called us "non-essential". This must never be allowed to happen again.
Many voters are unhappy with our public school system. What policies or actions would you prescribe to repair or replace the existing system? Do you support “school choice” policies such as educational savings accounts? Why or why not?
Public education has failed our children. CCSD is among the worst in the country. Public schools are financially incentivized to fail because that is what gets them funding. They blame their failure on lack of money and then petition the government for more funds.
In a private market, the best schools and teachers would rise to the top. Currently in Clark County, the school district receives more than $13k per student annually. In a free market system where there are no barriers to entry, schools would compete to offer the best education at the lowest price.
I’d like to ultimately abolish government schools. Separate education and state for the exact same reasons we separate church and state. Since that isn’t possible at the moment, I favor duplicating Arizona’s K-12 ESA (school choice) program in NV. Parents must have an option to free their children from the abomination that is Nevada’s government schools.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
The non-aggression principle. Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff. This should be applied to everyone, especially to those holding the reins of power through government.
Many voters are concerned about inflation and its impact. What could be done at the state or national level to address the root causes of inflation or mitigate its impact on the public?
General price inflation is a monetary phenomenon and we won’t be rid of it until we reign in (or abolish) the Federal Reserve. A free society has no place for a command and control monetary system.
At the state level, Nevada’s State Legislature could do a few things to help Nevadans in this area. First, reduce spending, regulations, and taxes that needlessly raise costs. We need to cut out the waste and corruption here in NV that wastes our tax dollars and increases the cost of living of our citizens.
Several states have enacted laws that make gold and silver legal tender in their states. In their best forms, these laws eliminate state income taxes (done) and sales taxes from the purchase and sale of gold and silver, thus eliminating the artificial disadvantage these ancient and sound monies have against the inflationary upstart that is the fiat dollar. Ideal sound money legislation would also exempt Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies from this taxation.
Further, Nevada could establish a state gold depository, protecting our taxpayer reserve funds from fiat inflation by holding them in gold and silver. And finally, Nevada could accept gold and silver and crypto as payment for services. In time, hopefully private businesses would see the anti-inflationary advantages of switching to sound money and follow suit.
All these measures would help Nevadans “opt-out” of having their purchasing power destroyed by the wildly corrupt and inflationary counterfeiting operations of the Federal Reserve.
What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
I pledge to fight for the Liberty of all Nevadans by shrinking the size and scope of government back to a level befitting a free people. We have allowed the beast to grow far too large and have ceded much too much of our freedom. I will fight to reverse that trend.
I will fight to make lockdowns and mandates impossible for Carson City to impose. I will fight to free Nevada's children and parents from an abusive and inept monopolist school system. I will fight to free our businesses from crony regulations that hamper productivity. I will fight to eliminate waste and fraud from our budget.
I will use my position in the legislature to spotlight corrupt and tyrannical politicians, programs, and bureaucrats. I will fight for the liberty of not just my constituents, but all Nevadans.
Who or what are the largest political special interests in Nevada, and which of these do you see as having a positive or negative influence?
The only political special interest group that matters for positive change in Nevada is the Libertarian Party of Nevada.
I’m only half-kidding. Special interests usually want to use state power to gain something at the expense of others - something they could not get in a free market, by freely cooperating and associating with other people.
Occasionally a special interest is simply fighting for liberty, specifically asking for some aspect of government power to cease being used against them. That’s the only special interest that matters. Our rights come to us as individuals, not members of some group or class.