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Utah House District 3

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Utah continues to be one of only 11 states with no limit on the amount of money an individual can contribute to a political campaign, and one of only 5 states with no limits on what a corporation can contribute. Do you favor any limits on donations to political campaigns? Why or why not?

What is the legislature’s role in addressing the homeless problem and assuring affordable housing for the working poor?

Not all school districts are able to provide the same resources for their students. How should we support school districts with lesser ability (primarily because of lower property values) to raise revenue?

The Utah State Constitution reads, in part, "Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges." The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Should Utah ratify the ERA which expresses the same view as the Utah Constitution? Explain your position.

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I absolutely favor campaign finance limits. In simplest terms, if there is no limit to the amount of money an individual or a corporation can contribute, then there is no limit to the number of politicians that can be bought by individuals and/or corporations. The lack of limits on donations makes electing people to serve fellow citizens less appealing than representing and serving the interests of those who contribute the most financially, or otherwise.
The need for more housing in the state is not going away. I feel we need a two-fold solution. One is to create affordable, clean, aesthetically pleasing housing that people will not complain about or fight being built in their neighborhoods.The other solution is a public-relations one, which would be helping home owners understand the need for housing, and helping them view affordable housing in a better light. That is, trying to change the "not in my backyard" mindsetThat said, I a, not sure how much of the above the legislature would directly participate in. Other aspects of housing needs, such as re-zoning changes, would be more city and county issues, not legislative.
Utah funds schools through local property tax, local income tax, and federal funding. This funding model promotes inequality between school districts in the state - the areas with higher home values will provide more income for their local school districts. Equalizing those monies between areas would be the easiest thing to do but I doubt this would be something the residents of higher housing values would want to do. I do not support using local property taxes for purposes other than public school. I do not support Amendment G which takes money from the public schools and worse, possibly pits groups fighting with each other over funding. I do support more funding to public schools, especially to help retain teachers by offering competitive salaries.
Yes, Utah should ratify the ERA. This is a 'no-brainer' decision to me. If the Utah constitution says basically the same thing the ERA says, why hasn't it been ratified in Utah? The only objection to ratifying the ERA I can think of is the bad association the ERA has/has had with the LDS Church. If this is the reason the state has not ratified the ERA, then we do not have a clear distinction between church and state.

Ratifying the ERA would be a positive sign to our citizens that everyone will be treated equally as well as help give a clearer distinction between church and state in Utah.
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