Park City, Utah
In the Park Record, June 14, 2016
Q: Do you support the state's decision to set aside more than $4.5 million to fund a lawsuit against the federal government over its management of millions of acres of federal land in Utah?
A: I support the effort of the State of Utah to address many of the Federal management issues facing public property. I support transfer of certain public properties within the borders of Utah. I also feel that there are many hurdles to overcome before the State of Utah can successfully manage and operate vast amounts of public land.
I see a time in the near future in which the State of Utah is able to manage the resources and daily operations successfully to protect the public's interest. Before we make the federal government's problems our problems, the state needs to implement tools to make sure our lands are preserved for future generations. This is essential to protect our lands and leave a heritage for our children.
Q: Did the Obama administration overstep its authority when it issued the transgender bathroom directive and do you support the state's decision to join a lawsuit opposing it?
A: Yes, I believe that the Obama administration overstepped its authority when issuing the transgender bathroom directive. Yes, I support the state's decision to join a lawsuit opposing it. I believe that when a state creates a law to govern within its borders, the powers of the courts and Congress are in place to correct the direction of that state, if the law is unconstitutional. The Obama administration circumnavigated that process by passing a non-binding resolution requiring Title IX funding to be removed from states who don't comply.
Q: Should the Legislature repeal Senate Bill 54 in 2017, which allows candidates to seek their party's nomination through the traditional caucus-convention process or by collecting signatures?
A: Yes, the state of Utah should repeal SB 54. I believe SB 54 creates unfair practices for political parties.
Q: How do you differ from your opponent on specific issues?
A: I believe that education needs a secure funding source and not just one time money. One time money is difficult to plan and meet the needs of your students.
I believe that the state of Utah needs to get out of the development and land use issues. When you vote to allow Utah Transit Authority or the state to become developers with tax money, you set up an unfair market place. I would have voted against HB 431 which required transit districts to create development policies that include affordable housing.
I will vote to keep outside government agencies from encroaching on public education. I would have voted against bills SB 67 and SB 101, which create $13 million in funding for agencies outside of public educations to manage programs within public education.
I would have voted differently than my opponent on many other bills such as SB 59, which requires special rooms be established for breastfeeding mothers. This bill would make existing small business come up with space out of thin air. It requires an additional step for local governments to process before we can issue a new business license. If we are to minimize large government we cannot keep creating it.
A rancher, family man and Council Chair in Morgan County, I will fight for local control of education, land, and agriculture in the Utah State Legislature
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