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Professional Background: Paulin is the founder of Defense Innovation network and former DoD Special Advisor to the Chief Software Officer of the U.S. Air Force. He is also the author of “Agile Party System” a book about improving business revenue through hosting high-impact community events which is set to publish in October 2022.
Education: Paulin graduated from Babson College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Family Background: Paulin has no children and is a fourth generation Macon County resident. His dad owns 300 Below, a cryogenic processing company based in Decatur, IL.
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Health care costs continue to soar. What proposals do you have to address the escalating costs of health care including prescription drugs?
Illinois has a functional system that we can expand to support lower cost access to healthcare, but HFS is corrupt, enabling billions in fraud. Illinois’ All Kids health insurance allows working middle class families to buy coverage for their children, now, so why can’t the average Illinoisan access this group buying power? Lobbyists. Thus, we must change availability for families to buy into and access Medicaid system benefits rather than incentivizing people not to work or keep a job. Small businesses shouldn’t be penalized in the process; they deserve subsidies to buy health insurance for their employees at the same costs large corporations negotiate. Illinois’ average workers are incentivized to join large enterprises more than help neighbors in small family-owned businesses to develop new value. We must keep families safe, while creating more producers and less moochers.
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Toxic political polarization has permeated the landscape. How will you work to heal the divide?
We must host more community events to boost culture in compromise and problem solving. In 1835, French statesman Alexis de Tocqueville toured the US, noting our citizens had the right to “associate freely in everything.” Tocqueville was impressed by our American habit of making voluntary associations to overcome local problems, rather than waiting for nobles to act, as Europeans would, and stated our “art of association” was integral to the vibrancy of American democracy as well as solving complex social and economic problems. Today, our cultural DNA is at risk. Heads are buried in cell phones; children grow up masked, told not to talk to strangers. Our kids are tethered to validation from social media as it destabilizes our cultural norms. Our small businesses can earn revenue by hosting community events, if we support them. I wrote a book to teach them how; free at MeetPrescott.com
Illinois has been ranked as the least tax-friendly state for the middle class in the nation. Beyond the tax relief passed in the most recent budget, how will you try and help ease the burden on taxpayers?
I fight for fiscal responsibility. Illinois should embrace what the State of Wyoming has done by enabling a new type of internet-owned corporation. In the past, only humans could own corporations. Wyoming is the first state to say that NFTs (digital assets) can comprise ownership of a corporation. Illinois should be #2 in the US for new corporate structures, not #49 to implement it. This can result in billions of new tax dollars by encouraging new corporations to register, while ensuring they are taxed appropriately. A new tax base will reduce the individual taxpayer burden and help keep our state afloat. We should also train our citizens how to access and earn cryptocurrency to stem rising inflation caused by the Fed printing more money. See our gas pump prices? I am pro-crypto, pro-Web3, pro-DAO/NFT, and pro-incentivizing Illinois’ citizens to become producers instead of moochers.