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Utah House District 42

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    Samuel Winkler

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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.

Campaign Mailing Address 10473 Stavanger Dr
South Jordan, UT 84009
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Campaign Phone (385) 215-9108
Current Employment I was a technical recruiter at Pure Storage until September 2020. I was laid off due to COVID-19 economic impact and am currently seeking other employment.
Education I have a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. I am a Fulbright alumni.
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Yes, I favor limits on both individual and corporate contributions for all political races. It is an important way to keep any one person or group from controlling legislators and helps protect us from ethical lapses in government.

We also need to make some reforms to make it harder for PACs to hide where their money is coming from. I wrote an editorial on a particularly egregious example. You can read it here:
There are two significant groups within the homeless population: the housing insecure/short term homeless, and the long term homeless. There are things we can do to address the needs of both groups.

For the first group, we must expand the supply of available housing. This is only possible with a mixed development strategy that includes higher density housing and mixed-use developments. Blocking density at all costs would ensure that over time Utah would face the same housing challenges we have seen in Silicon Valley and price out lower-income Utahns. We need to make sure that our children will be able to afford to live here too.

With respect to the long term homeless, the best approach is to focus our efforts on ensuring they have access to substance abuse treatment programs and mental health care, to get them stabilized enough that they can benefit from the availability of affordable housing.
Currently, all of the money that our state brings in from income taxes is set aside for education funding. It allows funding for schools to be spread throughout the state, allowing us to support schools in low income areas.

Amendment G would remove the income tax earmark for education. This is a mistake that will indirectly cut education funding. Many public schools are dependent on donations from parents for basic school supplies and other expenses. Perhaps this approach works in our wealthier school districts, but it places an undue burden on those who can least afford it in our other neighborhoods. I will work to ensure that income tax revenues continue to be reserved for education funding, and I will support modest increases to our income tax to better fund our schools.
I fully support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. It is an important protection to help ensure gender equality in our nation, and fits well with our American ideals of justice and fairness.
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Twitter @SamuelUtah
Current Employment Police Sergeant - South Jordan Police Department
Education Associates - Criminal Justice - Salt Lake Community College - Honors Bachelors - Criminal Justice - Weber State University - Manga Cum Laude
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I do favor limits on campaign contributions for a couple of reasons. When you limit how much money large corporations and private donors are allowed to contribute during an election cycle to a set amount, it takes away the perception (both implied and perceived) that donors are buying favors from candidates, representatives, etc. There is a valid concern that if a specific donor gives a campaign a lot of money that the candidate is viewed at being "indebted" to that donor. Additionally, when donations are capped it allows more persons to run for office as they don't have to be worried about another candidate utilizing resources to get large sums of money from one donor that the other candidate does not have access to. Meanwhile, the other candidate is making more connections obtaining smaller donations each time. It levels the playing field. Campaigns should be about the people and not who has the deeper pockets.
The legislature needs to understand the reasons for homelessness to properly address the problem. If the issue is related to drug abuse or mental health, the State needs to ensure services are available to those people to address their medical issues. The hope being if the underlying medical issue is addressed, the person may be able to overcome homelessness. However, with the stigma attached to mental health and drug abuse, the State should ensure we have policies encouraging the hiring of persons recovering from drug abuse and mental health conditions. However, it's likely these jobs won't be the highest paying jobs and the State should implement incentives for cities that increase affordable housing within their community. Tax incentives can also be given to builders, developers, apartment complexes, etc. for meeting certain requirements for locking in rent and adding affordable housing in their community based upon a state standard and not based upon the median of the community.
We should allow school districts to collect impact fees for new construction within their district. As new developments equal more people moving in, this places undue burdens on local school districts by needing to build new schools, bring in portables, etc. Money is then spent on growing the schools instead of on the children. Allowing schools to collect impact fees will allow schools to complete capital improvements without taking funds that would be used for students or implementing new bonds. We should also exempt school districts from any negotiations on property tax incentives for new developments. If the local taxing authority wants to give an incentive, that is okay, but not when it hurts a school or school district. We need to take off the restrictions placed on monies given to districts so they can use that as best fits their specific situation. Finally, we should look at how monies are split up in this state to see if it is time for an overhaul to equalize resources.
Yes and yes. This should have been taken care of a long time ago. We should ensure that these protections are cemented within our Constitution not just for today's generation, but for generations to come. It ensures that all persons know that any bias against a person based upon their sex is not tolerated. To me this would include housing, healthcare, jobs and salary, etc. It ensures that laws are equally created for all persons.