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Utah House District 7

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    Ryan D. Wilcox
    (Rep)

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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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Campaign Mailing Address 1240 Douglas St.
Ogden, UT 84404
Campaign Email Address ryan@votewilcox.com
Campaign Phone (801) 390-1900
Twitter @RyanDWilcox
Current Employment Intermountain Healthcare
Education Weber State University BA- Commercial Spanish - Political Science (2008) Master of Professional Communication - (Dec., 2020)
Campaign Website votewilcox.com
As long as it is disclosed, I am not passionate about campaign donation limits. The Supreme Court has ruled that campaign donations are equivalent to political speech. I suppose that I could be persuaded one way or the other, but I tend to side with the court on this issue. I am extremely hesitant to support an effort abridging the freedom of speech.
The legislature provides the conditions and standards for political subdivisions across the state. As such, a coordinated effort providing for affordable housing options for each community is prudent. The state has a direct role in enabling and partnering with the non-profit organizations committed to this work to both provide services, education, counseling, and job-specific training to help lift our homeless neighbors out of poverty. In addition, we have an obligation to ensure proper training and personnel for law enforcement, medical, and social work staff who are on the front lines in confronting the root causes of homelessness.
We should do all we can to equalize funding across districts throughout the state.
I absolutely support equality for all citizens under the law. Like late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I do not believe that the ERA passes constitutional muster at present. (Missing both deadlines for ratification by several decades, and as many as five states having rescinded their own ratification) "There’s too much controversy about latecomers,” Ginsburg said. “Plus, a number of states have withdrawn their ratification. So if you count a latecomer on the plus side, how can you disregard states that said, ‘We’ve changed our minds’?”

If we are to pass such an amendment, it likely needs to be a new effort, rather than a continuation of the 1972 proposal. That said, with Virginia's lawsuit, and Illinois and other states having already filed lawsuits, we are likely to have that question addressed by the Supreme Court within the next year. If it is indeed ratified there, this is a moot point. If not, we will need to begin that process anew.