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Utah House District 36

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  • Lisa Bagley
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    Nishan Beglarian
    (Con)

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    Doug Owens
    (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 Email Address nbeglarian@hotmail.com
Campaign Phone (801) 759-9812
Current Employment Canyons School District
Education High School.
Yes, I favor corporate limits because corporations do not have the peoples interest at heart. Money can influence an outcome for both good or bad. The amount of money a candidate raises does not mean that they are more qualified or even the best candidate. Running on their own merits and not using how much money they have as a selling point is a wiser choice.
There is a direct link and correlation between taxation and corruption. When taxes are low. Government is being run lean and efficient with low or minimal corruption. When taxes are moderate, we have a moderate amount of corruption. When taxes are high and excessive. The sad result is excessive taxation with poor representation and a high level of corruption, unaccountability and not much transparency. We are all familiar with the expressions of : I never seem to catch a break or I never seem to get ahead. Taxing the poor is an unethical and dishonorable practice. Instead of keeping our fellowman down. We should allow and encourage the poor to build their meager earnings so they can get ahead and break free of the poverty bracket that they are trapped in. Taxation should be restructured and levied with great restraint and responsibility.
By addressing waste and irresponsible spending. The problem should correct itself. Usually problems occur when money that should be going to schools is diverted to feed the bureaucracy. There are also many states that have a great source of education funding from bringing the lottery to their state. Those funds raised for education flow into the system voluntarily. Not by continuous and ever increasing taxes. This is a possible option to consider. It also helps to consider how many thousands and thousands of dollars leave our state each year and go into the education coffers of Idaho and Wyoming.
I support equal rights. However, some laws are ill conceived and hurt more than they help. I would have to determine that on a case by case basis. I am native to Utah, born and raised here in Canyon Rim. I am running what I call a quiet campaign, because like you, I am just an ordinary citizen. A man of and for the people. I am running because I am being compelled to run. I do not feel represented. We the people are in desperate need of a return to constitutional government and a return to limited government. We are seeing less and less accountability, responsibility and transparency. While seeing a continual increase in excessive taxation with poor representation. We as voters share the responsibility of who we vote into office, who we allow to remain in office and whether we will allow corruption and dishonesty to continue or if we will facilitate positive change. Remember, we the people are the bosses of the politicians, not the other way around. It's up to us.
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 91072
Millcreek, UT 84109
Campaign Email Address doug@dougowensutah.com
Campaign Phone (801) 792-9343
Twitter @DougOwensUtah
Current Employment Attorney, Hatch Law Group; Founder, Utah Outdoor Partners
Education JD, Yale Law School; BA, University of Utah
Campaign Website https://dougowensutah.com/
I favor donation limits and a ban on corporate giving. A law school classmate of mine, Larry Lessig, wrote a devastating critique of campaign finance in the U.S. entitled "Republic Lost." Reform is desperately needed.
The legislature must work with the cities and counties to address the homeless and affordable housing crises. I applaud efforts by organizations like the Ivory Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare, and Zions Bank who announced they will commit $20 million to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. I am inspired by projects in South Salt Lake where developers of low-income housing are working with organizations like the Pride Center to help those who have faced challenges finding housing in the past. These are all steps in the right direction, but we can’t stop now. The Legislature must do more in regards to funding and subsidizing affordable housing.
The Legislature needs to have an equity-focus rather than an equality-focus. Not all school districts have the same needs, and their students definitely don't have the same support structures. One way of combating this is through increased state funding in lower-income school districts and subsidizing teachers to teach in their neighborhood schools. The State should also make an emphasis in working with community partners to provide services and fill the gap in places that funding doesn't meet (food pantries inside schools, dental and vision clinics in schools, digital equity, etc.).
The ratification of the ERA is long overdue. I support Utah ratifying the ERA.