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Utah House District 37

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    Maryann Christensen

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    Carol Spackman Moss

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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 Mailing Address 583 East Benbow Street
Murray, Utah 84107
Campaign Email Address
Campaign Phone (801) 860-5419
Twitter @Maryannfor37
Current Employment Business Owner and Office Manager
Education Accounting, Office Management & Government
Campaign Website
Being a new candidate, my most difficult problem is raising the money I need to be a credible candidate. My opponent started out with a chunk of money and has contributors who have contributed to her campaigns consistently for 20 years! That is VERY hard to overcome. I do not have any large donors, so limits would not be affecting me. Limits would probably affect my opponent, helping me, but we need to be very cautious about limiting free speech (and courts have recognized campaign contributions as a form of free speech).
Homelessness is a horrific and heartbreaking problem, especially when children are affected by the poverty of their parents. We currently have Food Stamps, WIC, CHIP, and programs for low/subsidized or free housing to serve the needs of these families. We need to do a better job of informing the public of services currently available. The legislature has recognized and has been passing legislation over the last several years addressing the problem of Intergenerational Poverty. Once in depressed circumstances, it is very hard to get out. We must secure educational opportunities for undereducated adults and children. An important factor is giving businesses the support and freedom they need to prosper and create the jobs that under-employed adults need. We must have vibrant job market!
Education is one of our most important priorities because it will have an affect on each person's future prosperity, security and happiness. Every student deserves a quality education. And one of the ways we can increase outcomes is by making sure the money given to schools thru the equally distributed Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) makes it to the classroom for teacher salaries, textbooks and educational materials. In addition, the legislature has passed Equalization legislation to help also equalize the funding going to schools from property taxes as well.
As the mother of 5 children and grandmother of 15 grandchildren, I want to make sure that each of them have the opportunity to pursue their version of the American Dream, whatever that might be. According to the Utah State Constitution, Section 1; the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution; Civil rights laws, workplace laws, and anti-discrimination laws everyone has equal protections based on Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Citizenship, Appearance, National Origin, Disability, etc, The language of the ERA will have the effect of destroying all distinctions between men and women. I appreciate these distinctions! We need to be careful about promoting law which will allow men to infringe on the PROTECTIONS FOR women that we have worked so hard to get.
Campaign Mailing Address 2712 E Kelly Lane
Holladay, UT 84117
Campaign Email Address
Campaign Phone (801) 647-8764
Twitter @RepCarolMoss
Current Employment State Representative
Education B.A., M.A. English University of Utah
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I believe there should be some limits on campaign contributions, particularly for corporations or PACS, in the range of $500-$1,000. I would also be in favor of a cap on individual contributions of $2,500 to $5,000. State legislative races, while they do not cost as much as congressional races, are still expensive. Small donations from many people are the ideal, but to raise the $30,000 to $40,000 necessary to run a competitive state race might prove to be difficult if the limits are too restrictive. The days where you could run a winning campaign of $10,000 to $15,000 are long gone. The cost of producing videos, printing, mailing, paying a campaign manager etc. have greatly increased the cost of the 11 campaigns that I have run.
To incentivize developers to build affordable housing, the State Legislature should offer tax incentives. With the boom in construction of single family homes, condominiums, and apartments, the cost has gotten so high that it prices most lower and middle income earners out of the market. Without financial incentives to require at least a percentage of every new project to include affordable housing, the private market will not forgo the huge profits that come with the increased demand for housing.
Utah has an equalization formula where per pupil funding is the same for every student. This is called the WPU or weighted pupil unit. The inequity comes from the property tax portion of total education funding where some districts have higher property values than others. The concern is that if you equalize the property tax funding, some districts will benefit at the expense of other districts. The most equitable way would be to reduce reliance on local property tax and increase funding from the main source which is the education fund or income tax revenue. Extra funds could be targeted to help low income areas and fix funding gaps for individual schools within districts.
Although the Utah Constitution already protects from gender inequities, there is still a need for the ERA to be ratified. Legal discrimination might not be as prevalent today, but there are still social practices that result in gender inequities. Both legal and social discrimination could be mitigated by a strong message in the U.S. Constitution that states clearly a zero tolerance for any form of sex discrimination.