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Utah House District 61

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    Nils Bergeson
    (UU)

  • Marsha Judkins
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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 544 S 2330 W
Provo, UT 84601
Campaign Email Address nils@unitewithnils.com
Campaign Phone (435) 890-5125
Twitter @itbeginsinutah
Current Employment Currently I am a part-time citizenship instructor for new Americans and a part-time stay-at-home dad. I am also in the process of launching a new nonprofit dedicated to global education.
Education BA in International Studies and Russian - Utah State University. Master's of Public Administration in International Management - Monterey Intstitute of International Studies
Absolutely. Campaign finance reform is one of my core reforms and issues. I believe we need to put must more stringent caps on how much money goes into campaigns. I do not believe that corporations should be able to give any more than an individual. I am deeply concerned about money coming from organizations which also employ lobbyists. I believe that organizations who have official lobbyists should not be able to contribute. I would also like to see caps on campaign spending based on the size of the district.
I believe that the legislature has a responsibility to be looking down the road and doing what needs to be now in order to pave the way for adequate housing in our growing state. There's no time to delay. In terms of chronic homelessness, I believe in a robust social service network to provide support to all citizens of the state and to provide every reasonable line of support to help provide stability in the lives of those who do not have it.
I believe that the state should utilize its money that they have for education. Every year, budget is available and goes unused. The state currently covers the gap up to a certain standard based on property taxes. There are two districts who exceed that cap due to property taxes. I would like to see the state raise that minimum quota to ensure that we match the highest property tax districts across the state.
I support ratifying the ERA in the Utah Constitution. I recognize that it is still a debate as to what impact this may or may not have at the federal level. But I believe Utah has nothing to lose by joining with the other 35+ states who have adopted the ERA at this point. I do believe that we should continue to go beyond this as well in order to help bolster and empower a state that truly promotes equal rights among men and women.
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