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Utah House District 13

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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 46 S 1050 W
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Campaign Phone (801) 458-6743
Current Employment Retired From Family Counseling Service, Ogden, Utah
Education 2002 Masters in Social Work, University of Utah; 1986 Masters in Public Administration, University of Utah; 1980 Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Utah, 1974 Honors Diploma, East High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Important information that voters need in order to make informed decisions about who to vote for shouldn't be unfairly dependent on the tremendous amount of contributions a candidate can raise. Nowadays, too much outside funding or paying for professional fundraisers make for slick, sound bytes and meaningless campaign slogans instead of giving voters the real information that will help them to make objective and responsible voting decisions. I believe that every candidate should have a reasonable, equitable political campaign budget and contributions be limited to a corresponding amount dependent on the number of residents such candidates would represent. Perhaps a bipartisan, independent voter commission could be formed to develop a contribution limit policy that respects the various voting districts of candidates.
More detailed study needs to be undertaken of the homeless population and their needs. In the old days, there was the belief that homelessness was a personal choice, especially among the hobos. Now the demographics have been dramatically changing. The state legislature can begin by addressing the issue of poverty with a focus on increased improved educational opportunities and employment among the homeless along with access to affordable medical care and social services to address the multitude of both mental and physical problems they may be experiencing. Increased funding to Habitat for Humanity as well as stopping the excessive state subsidized efforts of bringing more huge corporations from out of state to Utah that only helps to attract more people from out of the state to Utah, putting greater pressure and demand on local housing leading to overdevelopment and increased housing costs.
As a former Salt Lake City Board of Education member, I learned that state law is already in place to redistribute state funds on a weighted per pupil basis where rich school districts supposedly help to pay for poor school districts regardless of their property tax base. I would need to go back and re-review the extent to which redistribution formulas are being calculated and how much the discrepancy and impact of shifting of state funds have had on individual school districts. As a representative of Davis County and in representing its residents, I would want to look closely at how the educational outcomes are occurring by individual school district and how the money is being spent first before making any final decisions.
At this time, I would be resistant to efforts for Utah to ratify the ERA. The reason for this resistance comes from the apparent failure of Utah's own equal rights provisions of its Constitution to have had much of an impact on the social and economic equality of women in Utah. Passage of ERA would mostly be symbolic and perhaps a waste of time and resources better directed towards passing of laws, such as Title IX, at the state level. It is more practical and important to focus on passing specific laws that and appointment of judges who will be more flexible in interpreting both state and the federal Constitutions to address the equality among the sexes. Passage of the ERA will only likely maintain the status quo for the next quarter of a Century based on what has happened in the state of Utah.