For the first time in 40 years, there are more Utah families in need of a home than there are homes available. Our state’s growth is fantastic in so many ways: our state’s economy has boomed, we’ve added more high paying jobs to our communities, and we’ve been able to increase education funding every year. But our incomes cannot keep up with the rising costs of homes, even in Northern Utah. If we don’t improve our housing market, the typical Utah family will spend nearly 50% of their income on housing. Which means there’s less money to save for retirement, college, car repairs, or after school activities for their kids.
When Utah families can’t find a home to buy, they miss out on the long-term economic benefits of home ownership. Owning a home has always been part of the American Dream because it improves economic stability for families and their communities, decreases crime, and improves education outcomes for children. Homeownership is the key to financial stability, for our families and the state.
As your legislator, I am committed to supporting policy that will improve affordable housing for Utahns. You can count on me to champion your right to home ownership through conservative policies that keep taxes around home ownership low and protect private property rights.
The government shouldn’t stand in the way of your family’s long-term economic success, and as your legislator I will protect the American Dream across our district and the state.
All four of my children have participated in Utah’s public education system, and I am grateful for the many dedicated teachers that contributed to their success. My appreciation has only grown as I have watched my children’s teachers tackle the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve asked them to do so much, and they’ve more than risen to the occasion.
It is the responsibility of the Legislature to work smarter on public education funding, and I am proud of our recent efforts. We’ve increase public education funding even in an economic downturn – an accomplishment few other states can boast. Utah’s fiscally conservative policies have allowed our current representatives to protect education funding through the rainy-day fund, and we’ve secured federal funding from the CARES Act to provide support for online learning. These efforts protect teachers’ salaries during an uncertain time and better prepare us for rapid economic recovery.
As your legislator, I will continue to put your children and their teachers first at the Legislature. It’s imperative that we continue to be innovative in our education funding and curriculum, increase local control, and continue to promote parental involvement.
One of the greatest benefits to having a citizen legislature is the vast expertise we can draw from to form good, representative policy. But beyond good policy, I believe a citizen legislature keeps government close to the people it serves. Rather than career politicians, our Legislature is made up of everyday Utahns. The House of Representatives consists of teachers, engineers, lawyers, and farmers to name just a few, and I am grateful to serve alongside them.
As your representative for the last two years, I have worked to be accessible to the residents of House District 9 and have not shied away from frank conversations. This is a standard I will continue to uphold as we face the challenges ahead.
Over the last decade, our state has experienced significant economic growth, but much of this growth has been concentrated along the Wasatch Front. I want to make sure our community and Northern Utah as a whole, receives the attention it deserves.
Growth is inevitable because Utah is an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. As Utah grows, Northern Utah leaders must encourage the development of high paying and high-tech jobs. The recent addition of aerospace and defense contractor Northrop Grumman’s new facility is a fantastic example of what a company with high paying career jobs can do for our community. Families that choose to call Northern Utah home shouldn’t have to commute to the Wasatch Front to find high paying jobs or be forced to settle for less.
As your legislator, it will be my top priority to look for the right kind of economic development for Northern Utah. I want our children to have the option to stay here and succeed both financially and professionally.
It’s no secret that last year the State Legislature tried to tackle a massive overhaul of our state tax system. The legislation that passed was repealed earlier this year, as a response to voices from the community. Despite the contention around this important topic, I am grateful to live in a country where the people can participate in the legislative process through public forums, committee attendance, and when needed, referendum.
The tax reform overhaul wasn’t perfect, but it did bring an important topic to the forefront of Utahns’ minds. As Utahans spend more money on services and less on goods, I believe we will have to update our state tax system (much like we did to account for lost revenue dollars to online sales). Modernizing our tax structure over time will protect funding for healthcare, roads, and students.
Recently, we’ve had to put together the state budget in the face of an economic downturn, which has forced the Legislature to make hard decisions and do more with less. I believe the lessons learned from that budgeting process and the feedback we received during tax reform will drive the conversation around improving our tax structure and preparing our state for a modern economy.