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Utah House District 41

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  • Wendy Garvin

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    David M. Lundgren

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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 1309 Breaker Point Way
Riverton, UT 84065
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Education Ricks College University of Colorado at Denver
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The United Utah Party in general and myself in particular are in favor of campaign finance reform. From term limits to placing caps on donations, these are steps that can be taken to decrease the influence on our politicians to act against the interest of their constituents and serves as a disincentive for those who would only seek public office for personal profit and connections rather than public service.

These limits would also serve a second purpose, which would to exert a downward pressure on the cost of running for office. With social media and online presence, it is possible to run an effective campaign without the traditional costs that have always been associated with running for office. This lowering of cost would also see a wider participation in those who would run for office as the cost would no longer act as a barrier some might not be able to overcome.
I do not believe methods such as rent control are effective in helping the problem because it places an artificial ceiling on the availability of help. Property value near downtown will always be greater than the working poor can afford Because of this, we need to help make it more practical for those who live nearer to the fringes of the city to have access to these places and opportunities that they need. Increasing and expanding Utah's public transit as well as maintaining it as an affordable option should be one of the primary goals of Salt Lake and Provo.

Homelessness, on the other hand, falls in two categories. A large number of the homeless are those who are in need of mental health assistance. It is a broad task, but one we should seek to address. The other is short-term homelessness that a family might suffer. Our goal here should be to secure housing opportunities for those who are touch-and-go in moving from shelters back to independent housing.
In my opinion, the ability to level the field regarding education comes in two areas. The first area is detaching school funding from property tax valuations. The second is in bolstering our already-thriving charter school system. The problem with the charter school system as it exists now, however, is their ability to pick and choose students in a way that relieves them of the burden of special needs education that public schools cannot shirk. Special needs education is MUCH more costly and so the schools that do not have to provide this are able to do more per student than other schools. The key to this puzzle is to craft a way which funds special needs education at a better rate than general education so schools who provide that are not shortchanged compared to charters and other schools and are able to compete for similar results. This may even open the door to special needs charter schools, though these would need to be subject to heavy oversight to avoid abuse.
I am of the opinion that this is not needed from a legal sense but is definitely needed from a societal sense. Utah should add its voice to those of other states in affirming that the pursuit of equality for all is a noble goal worth pursuing. In practical terms, the laws we see being passed now do a good job of working toward that goal with or without the ratification of this amendment, but that is not as important as actually being on record to show support for this cause. It costs Utah nothing and has only the potential to benefit us both as a state and as a nation.
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