I agree with the objective of campaign finance reform to focus a candidate’s attention on the broad needs of their constituents rather than a few high-dollar donors. In addition to limits for individual donors, I believe that this objective can only be achieved if individuals and corporations cannot by-pass the individual limits by making donations through political action committees.
State law requires municipalities to create plans to address affordable housing, but there are no penalties if they fail to either produce a realistic plan or implement a plan. I propose changing the law to give them an incentive to perform.
A major source of revenue for cities and towns is collected through the local option sales tax. The distribution formula for this tax creates an incentive for local government to pursue retail development, which, in many communities, adds to the need for affordable housing. One option would be to update the distribution formula to recognize the need for family-sustaining employment opportunities and affordable housing. This change would provide an expanded source of revenue for successful communities and help offset the cost associated with affordable housing for critical community employees.
Expenditures per student vary widely among Utah school districts. While a number of factors contribute to this disparity, the primary driver is tax base per student. I support some form of equalizing revenue among the school districts to ensure all students have access to a quality education regardless of where they live.
Yes. I grew up in a family of modest means with two working parents. From a young age, I recognized the disparity in treatment my mother experienced. I would like to say that by the time I joined the workforce in 1977 or married in 1984 that women had achieved equality. Sadly, such as statement would not be true then, and I do not believe it’s true today. While we’ve clearly made progress, there is so much more to achieve. I will work to enact policies to
• Protect women and children from domestic violence.
• Ensure women are not subject to discrimination in any form.
• Encourage women to continue their education throughout their lives.
• Protect women from sexual assault.
• Ensure women are compensated for their work consistent with male counterparts.
Brian S. King, P.C.
BS, Economics, University of Utah
JD, University of Utah College of Law
I do favor limits on the amounts corporations and individuals should be able to contribute to candidates. I believe it is a step in the right direction to limit the political influence of any one particular donor. In past sessions I have run legislation to enact limits but the bills have not passed.
The legislature has an important role in helping to provide access to affordable housing. We should appropriate funds to incentivize the building of affordable housing and subsidize it to a greater degree than we currently do. Also, we can, and should, pass legislation raising the minimum wage to an amount that allows full time worker’s the ability to obtain decent housing for themselves and their families.
Among the states, Utah is already high on the list for having funding between school districts that approaches complete equalization. I don’t want to be too aggressive on equalization. Individual school districts should be allowed to levy higher than average statewide property taxes on their own residents and retain those funds for the kids in that particular school district. The reality is that if we want to improve the quality of the education our children receive, we have to pay teachers more and reduce classroom sizes. And that is going to meaningfully happen only with substantially increased funding from the state. We need a progressive income tax structure. We need to keep the state Constitution guarantee that all income taxes will be used for public and higher education. If we vote to remove that Constitutional promise, I believe it’s almost certain that funding for public and higher education will go down, not up. Vote NO on Amendment G.
This is not a close call in my mind. The ERA should be passed in Utah. It is an important substantive and symbolic measure. As the questions identifies, Utah’s own state Constitution has had language in it since 1896 that provides at least the same, if not more, robust protections about discrimination on the basis of gender as the ERA. The need to bring greater protection against gender discrimination is obvious when we see Utah being last in the country in eliminating the disparity between men and women in workplace compensation. Passing the ERA will move us in a positive direction legally, culturally, and attitudinally in providing greater equality between men and women.