I am Dallas Trombley.
I am one of the hardest working people you will ever meet trying to change government for the benefit of normal people. I would not waste your time creating this site which is full of real ideas just to advance my political career. I believe I have a moral obligation to run for the State Assembly, because I have experience analyzing state laws, I have ideas to improve the conditions of our communities which no one else is proposing, and it would be ethically wrong for me not to run just because it will be difficult.
Every generation faces a fundamental political problem which it struggles to overcome for its own good and the benefit of future generations. The issue of our times is how to restore The People’s faith in government, which can only happen if our political leaders reform our laws so that government functions as a facilitator of our happiness and independence, as it was intended to function, rather than an obstacle to individual industry and happiness, as government functions currently.
If you want stagnant political rhetoric or regurgitated talking points, check out some other candidate’s website (if they have one). The law is a serious business. Our public policies effect peoples lives. People are suffering because politicians are too concerned about retaining office or advancing their political careers, instead of really helping people. We need real ideas and reasoned policy, we need someone who understands the internal politics and personalities within the Assembly. That is who I am, and that is what I am fighting for.
I want to restore our small towns so they are good places to live again. This formula ought to be the first chapter in our economics/sociology textbooks: Main Street = Small Businesses + Jobs. Our local governments are the levels of government where individuals have the most representation and effect. When People have power and their localities are not burdened with state and national requirements, progress happens organically and therefore more efficiently. That is, at least, the story of American political and economic history.
I want to make it easier for people to own their own business. I’ve tried establishing my own business and I can hold my hand on a Bible and swear that the legal process a person must go through to become independently employed has contributed to our Ghost Town Main Streets, our high unemployment rate, and our ever increasing property taxes.
I want lower taxes through government efficiency, not a system where one level of government slightly decreases taxes in a given year at the same time that the other levels all increase it. We’re never going to solve our cyclical economic recessions, our gas crisis, or our employment problems by gigantic federal programs or tax breaks for gigantic multinational corporations. We need fundamental reform of laws that currently act as quicksand to individual initiative.
I have experience drafting and negotiating legislation, yet I have never joined a political party because to do so violates the wisdom passed on to us by the Founding Fathers and my experience.
Here is a district map:
Here is my message in short, developed more fully via the links on the right:
WE NEED VIRTUOUS people in office. We need people who stand by their principles instead of changing their positions based on polls. The need for candidates of a virtuous character is something all parties and individuals ought to agree on. It will never happen as long as people vote along party lines instead of forcing candidates to expound good ideas before an election, so voters can compare the positions of candidates to one another. That is what I am doing with this site.
WE NEED TO MAKE STATE GOVERNMENT 5% MORE EFFICIENT for three consecutive years, as measured by the income tax levy on individuals earning the state Average Annual Wage. I promise you we can make government more efficient without cutting our services if we reform duplicative and wasteful programs–if we ask ourselves “what are our social and economic goals?” and focus on crafting new approaches to achieve them, rather than tying ourselves to myriad programs which have not worked. Our Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to do this and I want to work with him as the Assemblyman from our area.
WE NEED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REFORM because right now farmers and small business people are paying millions in increased assessments into an insolvent program, which at the same time provides one of the lowest benefits in the United States. Labor Policy was my area of expertise when I worked as an Analyst at the Assembly, and Unemployment Insurance in New York State was the focus of my graduate work since I left the Assembly.
WE NEED SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE, not in the form of grant programs or tax credits if a Main Street shop does x, y and z, but a reformation of the Labor, Insurance, and Workers Compensation Laws so that small, New York Businesses, can have some ability to compete against giant, multi-state firms. During my time as an Analyst at the Assembly I noticed that various definitions under these different laws mismatch, and employers are often subjected to the same requirements whether they are a Walmart or Village Pizzeria. That’s unfair and more important it means that normal people with a sense of industry and a little creativity can’t become independently employed, can’t create jobs, can’t pay local taxes–it leads to the death spiral of our small towns which we see in its initial and mid phases all around us.
WE NEED JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, not two counties away. This issue is linked to the destruction of the small business climate in NY, but it also can be addressed through greater investment in our local communities–again, not just through multitudinous grant programs, but by reforming the way the government regulates small businesses. I have developed a 15-point program which would provide numerous economic incentives for businesses to concentrate on the Main Streets of our small towns, which would improve the way our towns look and feel when people drive through them or live in them, and which would lower business costs and local taxes at the same time.
WE NEED PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE TO DEAL WITH THE EFFECT OF IRENE AND THE 2008 RECESSION. One purpose of government, in my opinion, is to protect individuals against the tyranny of the powerful. We have people who are still waiting to receive insurance money to repair their homes after the hurricane. We have banks that repossess houses and then let them rot on the side of the road, decreasing everyone’s home value. If there is no empathy on the part of banks and insurance companies for the local community, we need to create an economic incentive for their to be.
WE NEED FEWER MANDATES ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS that drive up our property taxes and, just as importantly, take away the right of local people to determine their own affairs via the government they are most familiar with. Towns are the building blocks of American republican democracy and the more we let them deteriorate in favor of a strong federal government, the more expensive government will be. That is economics 101.
I have numerous other policy proposals which are listed on the right. Or you can email me at DallasTrombley@Gmail.com.