Issues

My eight years serving on the Murray Board of Education was one of the main reasons why I decided to run for the Utah State Legislature. I am a strong proponent of Public Education.

I am a member of the Education Interim and the House Education Standing committees. 

I frequently visit the schools in my district. Last year I visited almost all of the Turnaround Schools in Canyons, Granite and San Juan School Districts. I was able to clarify the intent languages on the School Turnaround Act to allow employees of School Districts to be school consultants. The school in which the school in turnaround is located, cannot be the consultant, but another district in Utah may be. This allows us to keep these funds in the state and in the education system.

I have an Education Advisory Committee that helps me be aware of and respond to public education issues. We meet monthly to discuss the upcoming Interim Committee agenda. If you would be interested in participating in this committee, please let me know.

I visit frequently with the Murray School Board and the Canyons School Board.

With the passage of two very important bills, the Single-Sign-On Business Portal and the Technology Innovation Bill, we are ready to make some significant improvements in efficiencies in State Government. 

The Single-Sign-On Business Portal will allow a business owner or his/her employees to have a single user name and password with which they can access all State Agencies. Currently each State agency has their own user name and password. This will no longer be required.

By having a single point of entry, we are reducing the number of entry points that need to be secured and monitored. 

Now when a business owner logs on he or she will see a list of notifications and alerts that they need to address. Late fees should become a thing of the past. 

There are many among us who are struggling to make ends meet. It is important that we work to help them improve their station in life.

I have been a frequent attendee at the Midvale Homeless Coordinating Committee. There are many groups that are working to assist those who need help. 

I have been following very closely the Intergenerational Poverty Commission. This is a commission that is set up to address the cycle of poverty by helping stop the inflow of children living on government support as a child and then being dependent on that same support as adults.

Getting more children to seek a post-high-school education is very important. As a member of the Canyons Education Foundation Board, we are looking at ways to help children set goals to accomplish more than just a high school education.

One of the most valued parts of living in Murray, Midvale and Sandy has been the safety we have felt. While there are elements that threaten this peace and safety, I will work with the cities and their police departments to ensure that our cities remain safe places to live. 

If needed, I will seek for State assistance via the State Department of Public Safety.

Transportation is one of the most important elements of our society. We must be able to move from one place to another and in particular, get to work and home again in a reasonable amount of time. 

We also need to be concerned about the pollution that our modes of transportation create

We need to find other ways, other than driving our own gas-guzzling, pollution-emitting, space occupying vehicles. Electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles and public transit are going to become commonplace. We need to put the infrastruture into place to facility these new modes of transportion

We all breathe the same air. While the air quality is better than it has ever been along the Wasatch Front, we have more sources of pollution. I'm happy that we've approved the production of Tier 3 Gasoline. This will cut almot 80% of the pollution coming from vehicles that have been fitted to use Tier 3 Fuel. 

This is a top priority for all of us. I am a strong supporter of legislation that helps facilitate cleaner air. 

I am a strong supporter of keeping public lands public. And the best way we can do this is to allow the States, in whose State the land is located, to manage those lands. Those closest to the issues are the best suited to manage them. 

We Utahns value our public lands. I'm supportive of more State Parks to help preserve these lands for future generations.