Back To Work
When I see the gridlock in Washington, I am struck by the stark contrast between that, and our state legislative process. In Utah we are able to operate under a balanced budget and still get important things done. I have a tremendous respect for my fellow lawmakers in the House and the Senate, members of all parties and political stripes. We can’t count on Washington to solve our problems, but in many ways we have never been able to. Good things will happen this session, as it has in every session I have served in since I was elected in 2002.
A couple of interesting facts:
Our state budget will total about $13 billion this year, with about one-third of it coming from the Federal government. I believe taxpayer money is best used closest to those who pay it. Wouldn’t it make more sense for us to keep our own tax dollars, rather than sending them to Washington so they can send them back (and tell us how to use our own money)?
Our state population is currently about 3 million. Experts estimate that by 2040, 3 million people will live along the Wasatch Front alone (roughly from Payson to Ogden). If you think our traffic and air quality is bad now, it will be much worse then –if we don’t plan for the future. That’s why I’ll continue to fight for good transportation infrastructure, and compressed natural gas availability in our state. Commerce can only move as fast as our transportation options. And our air won’t be cleaner unless we make cleaner choices available.
I want you to know how grateful I am for the opportunity to represent you. You are an important part of my decision making process, so please don’t hesitate to call or email me.
Together we can help keep Utah moving in the right direction.
Utah State House of Representatives,