Bill Haas, Democratic Candidate For Lieutenant Governor
Haas is one of eight seeking the Democratic party nomination.
Name : Mr. William C Haas
Also known as : Bill
Age : 67
Place of residence : St. Louis, MO
Attended college : Yes
College : Yale
Degree : BA, English
Year of graduation : 1966
University : Harvard Law School
Degree : Law
Year of graduation : 1972
University : Harvard Law, see above
Area of research : J.D.
Year of graduation : 1972
Job titles held : Corporate Law
Employers : 20 years corporate transaction, 9 years retail Manager, 13 years college adjunct, Law and Business, mostly Harris Stowe, 2 years certified secondary math teacher.
Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: State office
Running for position: Lieutenant Governor
Previous elective offices : St. Louis Elected School Board, 1997-2005; 2010-present
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : Democratic nominee, 2nd Dt. of Missouri, 2008, also candidate for congress 2000, 2010, St. Louis Mayor, State Representative and Alderman. First elected office I ran for, Cleveland School Board, 1981, took me 16 years to win my first elected office. It wasnt my last, and still wins to go, I believe. Assistant Law Director, Cleveland Ohio, 1977-79, under then Mayor, now Congressman, Dennis Kucinich, nice Democratic populist roots if I do say so myself.
Address 4579 Laclede #141
Name : Elke Moench
Title : Campaign Manager
Website : www.votehaas.com
Twitter : facebook/billhaasforlieutenantgovernor
Youtube : Bill Haas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLkiCw5ZAY
My Key Issues - The Welfare and Care of Our Seniors Our aging population and how we care for them is the most important domestic issue of our generation. We need to find ways to care for them in their senior years without bankrupting themselves and their families. I'm the only candidate in the race who is a senior, and I've already lost both my parents, so I'm familiar with some of the issues first-hand. Senior welfare and benefits is also one of the statutory responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor's Office. One of my ideas that I've had for years is to require all senior-care facilities to have at least one resident/patient advocate in the facility reporting directly to the state, not to the facility. - Veteran Rights and Benefits, especially homeless and unemployed veterans. - Ending Corporate Contributions in Politics by being the first state to call for a constitutional convention of the states to amend the federal constitution to prohibit corporate contributions (thus, overruling the stupid Citizens United case) and limiting individual contributions. Utilizing the Occupy movement nationally to help convince 2/3 of the states necessary to call such a constitutional convention could be effective. This summer I initiated such a Resolution for a constitutional convention at the St. Louis Occupy organization. - Less Taxes For Seniors and the Middle-Class For example by freezing property taxes for seniors and others on fixed incomes for as long as they live in their residences. Florida freezes property taxes for anyone living in their primary residence. - Education One idea I've long had is to require corporations (those with more than 50 employees) to let their employees employees off from work three hours a month with pay if they visit their kids in school, and others to tutor other people's children if they wish, in return for a tax-credit or deduction. It would be an investment in our community's future, and good for the kids, their parents, the families, and the schools. And everyone agrees that a more educated work-force is the key to job development in the state. - Prohibiting the Use of Public Monies like TIFs from being used by an jurisdiction to steal a business, like a Walmart, from one location to another. Taxpayers lose, businesses who don't need the money win by playing blackmail, and that's wrong. - Protecting The Environment, Land, Water and Food, and particularly by Ending Animal Abuse on Factory Farms by prohibiting the exemption of farm animals from animal cruelty statutes. Who wouldn't be in favor of that?! - More money for college tuition. How will I do these things even though the Lieutenant Governor doesn't have any direct legislation power? I will try to work with the Missouri legislature to bring about the goals set forth above. But I believe the Republican controlled legislature is more responsive to corporate lobbyists than to the people, and doesn't represent very well what people want. So if it won't work with me on those issues, I will attempt to overrule the legislature by circulating citizen initiative petitions for statutes or constitutional amendments to bring about the goals set forth above. And I believe that when the legislature sees progress on the initiative petitions, they will be willing to meet us half-way to implement them. Moreover, most of those issues are non-ideological and should cut across party lines, so that should help me gather support for them.