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. Elliott provided.
Mr. Elliott is a Libertarian. He's running to be Nevada's next Treasurer.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I have multiple degrees in Economics and Finance and spent 33 years doing investment and economic research for investment clients.
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
As an economist I knew immediately that the lockdowns would bring severe harm to people and produce massive dislocations in the real economy. It seems we have come to be ruled exclusively by professional politicians with no real world work experience so they are just ignorant about how the world actually works. But they believe in their omniscience.
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?
Backpack funding will free poor kids from their useless (damaging?) government "schools".
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
Live and let live with a government constructed to insure that citizens' natural rights are NEVER violated
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?
End the Fed so they cannot unilaterally print money for themselves, which dilutes the citizens' savings
How would you characterize our state’s current financial position in the short and long run?
When Nevada taxes were low and the state left us alone the state fisc was in good order. Since the Republicans voted for the largest tax increase in state history a few years ago they got voted out. Unfortunately their replacements seem to not know what the word "fisc" means.
As treasurer, how would you manage our state’s finances? What do you see as the most important tools at your disposal?
The state treasurer is responsible for the state's checkbook. Since political corruption is as old as humanity's first government, taxpayers would be best served by a non-partisan fiduciary watching the state government cash flows for any shenanigans.