I believe we can do more with less in state government. The legislature’s job is to budget wisely and spend frugally, respecting hard earned tax dollars and the needs of those who pay them. I’ve heard from so many people who say, “Government has enough money”. They need to learn how to make it stretch before they come back for more.” I can certainly understand that point of view. That is why another of my top priorities will be to drive efficiency in state government. I bring a wealth of experience to emerging efficiencies. I have recently proven that you can do more with less, through my service on the Steel Days committee. Where there is waste or repetition, we need to cut it out. Where we’ve lost track of our priorities, we need to get back on track by valuing every tax dollar and seeing to its appropriate use. It is up to elected leaders to rank and streamline, to guard every tax dollar as though we paid it ourselves, and that is my commitment to you.
I know we all care deeply about education – it is and should be a top priority. But we know we can never have “enough” money. When it comes to our kids, there is never enough. Children of all walks of life, all neighborhoods, and all backgrounds should have an opportunity to have a quality education, and we owe it to those kids to have the most efficient schools possible.
Education is the largest single cost of state government. I know we can spend our money wisely while empowering parents. When considering funding requests for education, we must ask tough questions about how our current resources are being spent. Teacher pay should not suffer because of too much education bureaucracy. The funds need to be directed to the classroom, a vibrant economy depends on a well-educated work force. I will work to continue to advocate for solutions that will improve quality and accessibility.
Our children deserve a world-class education system allowing them a successful future. We must support communities, parents and teachers to ensure our children are receiving the education that will set them on a path to future success. I will fight for enhanced education for our schools, and school choice for parents
We all know our air quality in Utah is intolerable. It is a problem that affects our quality of life, economic development, our health, our children’s health. We are restricted to some degree in what we can do about it. Our climate and topography are the largest factors. That said, the state must continue pioneering actions to cut down on toxic emissions of all types. We can do so while complimenting those actions against our need for jobs and a vibrant economy. My commitment is if Utah is the right place to live the American Dream we should do what we can to allow our children to live a healthy life.
Utah does a better job than most of rejecting job-killing taxes and overregulation, but we can always do better. Our workforce is one reason Utah is ahead of many states but there is still much more to be done. While established areas like Lehi are continuing to see the technology and retail renovation, other areas of the state are seeing slower growth. I am committed to repealing job-killing legislation and regulations and fostering a strong pro-business, pro-job creation business environment.
I believe in prioritizing and allocating transportation dollars to projects we actually need and use. Public transit has its place, but bloated government agencies are not the best stewards of our resources. Our dollars need to be spent locally to meet our transportation needs in practical projects.
We face issues with access to our public lands. I share the view of many others that the Federal control of Utah lands is undue and heavy handed. At the same time, the importance of our wild lands and remote areas and want to respect and preserve our most sensitive areas. Our states’ rights and lands should be preserved. I believe we can develop our resources and still be good stewards of the land.
Growing up in Utah I was raised around guns and I can remember spending several Saturdays out target shooting., I own guns and know how to handle and shoot them. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, which I believe is in the Bill of Rights for good reason. I support the right to bear arms, and I will always vote to protect our second Amendment.
Role of Government
As Ronald Reagan states, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”. It is essential to support free market principles and limited business regulations. Government has an important role and should be close to the people that means local control and decisions. Government must be responsible, accountable and limited.