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Utah House District 24

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    Jen Provost
    (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.

Campaign Email Address jen@jenforutah.com
Campaign Phone (801) 502-1889
Twitter @jenforutah
Current Employment University of Utah Research Assistant and PhD student in Public Health
Education B.S. Marketing, Univ of Utah MBA, Westminster College
Campaign Website www.jenforutah.com
Yes, campaign contributions should be capped in order to prevent outsized influence regarding policy issues that serve well-funded special interests. I also support policies that limit campaign spending in any one election cycle, as this would disincentivize vast amounts of time spend fundraising rather than doing the work of a public servant.
The state absolutely must, most importantly, invest money into affordable housing units and rental assistance. Additionally, better inter-jurisdictional collaboration is essential. Finally, drastic changes must be made to renter/landlord laws that give landlords extraordinary power to inflict devastating and lasting financial damage to many of our state's most vulnerable individuals; specifically, treble damages, usurious interest rates on fees and penalties, and life-long credit damage. These factors are significant contributors to the high risk for homelessness for Utah families, including many of Utah's low income individuals and the working poor.
The state currently employs tax revenue redistribution to school districts with lower relative property rates. I disagree with this policy because it fails to capture the vast disparities that exist within schools districts, like SLC, where many of the state's wealthiest and poorest children attend school together. The most critical solution is the state properly funding schools through its legislative budgeting priorities, increasing teacher pay and per pupil spending. This should be funded by scaling back fund diversion to higher ed and decreasing subsidies for transportation and extractive industries, which place enormous burdens on our state's general fund.
The 14th Amendment grants equal protection, but does not proactively and intentionally insist that all people be actively protected. I view this as the difference between passively insisting that everyone be treated equally (the status quo) and tasking US citizens and their government with actively working to ensure that the outcome is that every person experience that protection (the ERA). The ERA does not grant additional rights, but it will help to bring about the philosophical shift in our nation that the role of the government is not to sit by and insist on equity, but to use its resources and authority to ensure better equity for all.