"I believe we
must stand up and be heard or watch our constitutionally
protected rights disappear. As a former member of the State
House, I have been heard, standing up to protect your rights.
That fight continues. "
Too often, it seems, government officials seem to forget whose money is being spent. One reason I sponsored the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum was to stop the direction of the legislature that would have made it easy for them to balance the state budget, but it would have been harder for Utahns to balance their budgets.
The US Constitution specifically says: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people". This is an area that is worth fighting for. We can't continue to let government take over our lives. We can be safe and free.
A Stable and Growing Economy
Utah is among Forbes best fiscally managed States and one of the best for business and careers. Many families are still struggling. We need to continue to improve. The Economy will grow when Government will allow it. In many cases Government is holding business growth back with too many regulations.
We should play a role as responsible citizens in our communities, including becoming informed about issues and voting in elections. We should engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner, respecting the fact that others come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and may have differences of opinion for solutions to our challenges.
Solutions not Parties
I have no problem working with different political parties. That was the key reason the 2019 Tax Referendum as a success. I was the only member of the Legislature in 2011 that sponsored a bipartisan congressional redistricting map, co-sponsored by a member of another party. I don't look at bills as republican or democrat sponsored bills. I vote on bills based on what the bill says and would do, and I have spoken against bills and spoken for bills based on the bill and not the sponsor or party. A bill has to improve things, however small the steps, or should not pass. I really appreciated representing the great people of this county. As a State Representative, I worked hard to read the bills, speak up, and also vote on the bills, taking into account different viewpoints. Many of the bills I sponsored were at your request.
For 2015 and 2016, I was given a 100% rating from the Utah Taxpayers Association for voting against tax increases and looking out for the taxpayers. I also received a Salt Lake Chamber 2015 and 2016 Business Champion award for working to help Utah businesses grow. I worked hard to make sure the legislature didnít ignore the idea of replacing the prison in Draper, which I believe would have saved over $150 Million.
Be involved. Public officials can't know what you are thinking if you don't tell them. The best way to contact me is to write via email or come to one of my Town Hall Meetings.