For the past thirty-one years, I have been a proud and active member of the west side community. We have faced many challenges in our community these last few years.
I have sponsored legislation relating to air quality, public safety, public transit, full-day kindergarten, and lowering taxes. I have been here to listen to you and look forward to continuing to have the opportunity to serve you.
The west side of Salt Lake County is the economic engine of our local economy. We need to continue to attract competitive paying jobs to our area from all industries.
House District 27 is part of the redevelopment project area. There are some resources to incentivize job creation, but it is not enough. One of my main focuses will be to continue to bring job opportunities to our district. Despite environmental concerns, the Inland Port is coming and will bring many jobs. We have already seen a boom in the development of transportation and manufacturing jobs along the SR201 corridor. It is up to us to make our voices heard and ensure the environmental concerns are mitigated successfully. If we can represent the west side during the Inland port development, it can benefit the growth for our district.
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and what keeps the economic engine running. I know how hard small business owners work and struggle, especially during this recent pandemic and earthquake. I have worked with small businesses getting them products and services to help their business thrive.
It is imperative that we find ways to help our local small businesses thrive. We need to continue to attract jobs to the area from all businesses. The more businesses we attract, the more jobs are created, strengthening our local tax base.
Improving education and increasing funding are key elements to ensure our children’s future. Educators must be fairly compensated for their work, and it is the duty of our state to minimize turnover and improve retention.
I co-sponsored HB 396 which gave funding to local education agencies for additional paid professional hours for educators.
Teachers shouldn't have to choose between making ends meet and following their careers. Before and after school programs should be improved to make sure no child is forgotten and left behind. It is the duty of our state to minimize turnover and fairly compensate our educators.
HEALTHCARE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACCESS
Many people in our community are uninsured creating a myriad of challenges. We need a universal health care program that allows everyone to get the health care they need, when they need it. This also includes being against the Income Tax bill to raise taxes, which would have unfairly burdened working families.
COVID-19 has exposed many flaws in our healthcare system. Nobody should have to worry about obtaining treatment in these times of economic and employment uncertainty.
I have sponsered legislation that would provide additional protections for health care workers. I also presented SB 198 which helps protect residents from unexpected bills from healthcare providers. I am working to fight for your healthcare rights and protections for our healthcare workers.
DEVELOPMENT & AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Managing the growth of our community with sensible planning will create a future for our children and grandchildren. Growth is inevitable, but how we grow is critically important.
As a former member of the Magna Metro Planning Commission and working previously on the Salt Lake County Planning Commission, I know the importance of planning and zoning. Salt Lake County is running out of space and a large part of the solution is the open land on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. We must balance growth, with infrastructure, recreational trails, and jobs, rather than focusing on urban sprawl alone.
While we focus on growing businesses, we must also find a solution to affordable housing. Most of our young families cannot afford to purchase a home like the one they grew up in. We must explore other options such as affordable housing and not at the expense of our quality of life.