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Utah House District 29

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    Matt Gwynn
    (Rep)

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    Kerry Wayne
    (Dem)

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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 2595 North 2675 West
Farr West, UT 84404
Campaign Email Address matt@gwynn4uthouse.org
Campaign Phone (801) 430-0533
Twitter @MatthewGwynn
Current Employment Patrol Sergeant and Public Information Officer for Roy City Police Department
Education Bachelor of Science, Political Science Weber State University, 2012 Masters of Art Public Policy and Administration Northwestern University, 2015
Campaign Website www.gwynn4uthouse.org
I do not support limits on the amount of money an individual may contribute to a political campaign. Generally, I agree with the Supreme Court's decision in Citizen's United and that money spent on campaigns is a form of speech. The various corporations and interest groups collectively represent the entire electorate in some form or fashion. All of us belong to or have some special interest cause we care about. Some of those groups may or may not support causes or candidates that we individually agree with. Regardless, those whom we agree or disagree have a right to donate funding to campaigns that they believe will align with or support their positions. While interest groups have been given a derogatory label so to speak I do believe they serve a purpose and act as an intermediary between their members/supporters and those whom are elected. Therefore they should be allowed to spend money that their members provide them to spend on political campaigns without arbitrary limits.
The legislature's role is first recognizing the homeless problem and affordable housing problem are not synonymous with one another. Providing homes/shelter for the homeless who are typically battling addiction or severe mental illness and quite often both at the same time will require a different approach than what would be required for creating affordable housing for the working poor. The legislature, working with state agencies and local governments should create and implement policies that incentivize, not force, municipalities to create zoning for affordable housing areas. Creating these areas will incentivize developers to build affordable housing for the working poor by removing roadblocks typically met by developers. We need to recognize that "affordable" is a subjective term and currently housing availability and demand are driving housing costs up, to include high density housing and apartment/townhomes which are generally thought to be affordable.
Several years ago the state took action in equalizing sales tax revenue across various cities and theoretically could take the same approach in equalizing and distributing education funding. Addressing and evaluating how property is valued and evaluating certified tax rates could be other ways to increase revenue in the districts themselves. With the various funding methods at the state level such as trust funds, as an example, the state could potentially reduce the amount of money going to districts that are self-sustainable and re-direct those funds to districts that may be struggling. The legislature needs to take care in determining whether district spending/funding at the district/municipal level is a result of failed local policy making and work with local officials in creating policies or an environment that may increase funding without the state having to get directly involved through mandates.
Currently, there is a ballot initiative to remove gender pronouns from the state Constitution. I support that initiative and I support it at the state level. However, I do not believe that we need to ratify the U.S. Constitution to solve the problem we can solve locally. I believe in treating all people equally. I also believe there are only two genders. It is a fact that their are biological differences between the two genders that cannot be ignored nor can they be changed. Rights should not be denied or abridged but currently, women are protected from military draft obligations when they turn 18, a protection that will disappear if the ERA is ratified. The courts have also recognized the legitimacy of recognizing the differences between a male and female and is quick to point out discrimination will be held under strict scrutiny when challenged. The ERA attempts to remove those distinctions between a man and woman.
Campaign Email Address kerry.wayne@comcast.net
Campaign Phone (801) 675-2107
Current Employment Program Manager
Education Air University - Air Command & Staff College (Master Degree) ; Utah State University - Master of Business & Human Resource Management; Weber State University - Bachelor of Social Work / Healthcare Administration
Campaign Website If you have become weary of the country's toxic political landscape you've come to the right place. I believe that the State of Utah is starving for good ideas and our state lawmakers truly aren't interested in hearing from Utah families about what they consider is best for them. Through their lack of leadership, the cost of raising a family in Utah keeps increasing each year.
I have often heard the phrase that “Utah has the best politicians money can buy” due to the influx and amount of special interest money injected into many races. Running for elected office has become a simple money game. I ran for the same office two years ago and was out spent five to one. Spending thirty-thousand-dollars to win a nine-thousand-dollar job makes no sense unless you have a special interest you are trying to support. My last two opponents have made the interests of law enforcement their priority. This is a noble cause, but there is so much more that voters need addressed in the Legislature. I would strongly favor donation limits, as those purse strings become the key to election/reelection and ultimately influence lawmaking behavior. Limiting donations would level the playing field for all candidates and put an end to the continuous demand for boundless fundraising. All too often, elected officials forget that they were put in office to represent the people, not Donors
The State of Utah needs to take the lead on this issue. Homelessness can occur in any corner of the State and that’s why greater coordination between all levels of government is necessary. When Salt Lake City decided to start policing the Rio Grande area many of the homeless there fled to other communities. The City began to focus on treatment and rehabilitation for those individuals that remained. Without assistance from the State, this area would have taken much longer to recover. Additionally, one cannot help but notice that cost of housing continues to climb, and the Covid-19 pandemic has placed many more Utahans on reduced hours or unemployment. There has been a building boom in the Weber County area, but most of these new units are well beyond the reach of minimum wage earners. The Legislature can invest in affordable housing through mandates and incentives to communities, while aiding communities in implementing best practices for future growth and developing housing strategies.
First, the State of Utah clearly needs to increase the per pupil spending. It is shameful that the investment in our students is the absolute lowest in the country. Politicians in Utah spend their time giving lip service to education, it is time to put actions to word. Second, we need accountability from our school boards. There should not be any more “million-dollar” compensation packages for school superintendents. Administrator wages need to reflect true market value and should always be tied to performance. Third, new schools should not be luxurious palaces with “tech rich” environments, where teachers must purchase student supplies out of their own pocket. Making $145 million the new standard for the cost of a high school shows little restraint. Finally, the Legislature needs to stop groveling before the Charter School lobby. Sacking public education in favor of campaign donations is unconscionable. The Legislature should be fixing the leaks, instead of sinking the ship.
Despite of the language in the Utah State Constitution, there is still unequal treatment for individuals based on gender within our State. Wages continue to be an area of concern with women coming up on the short end. Many employers frown upon a male employee that wishes to stay home with a sick child. Citizens in Utah are subject to both State and Federal law. The Equal Rights Amendment covers the Federal laws that the Utah State Constitution does not. I believe that Utah should ratify the ERA, as it sets a national standard that all States will recognize. It’s the right thing to do.