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I was raised from a young age that character matters. Unfortunately, our President lacks virtually any moral character.
We do not need a serial adulterer and misogynist in order to have a good economy.
Yes. It may sound crazy, but it is completely viable.
An open-air tunnel built with steel and aluminum beams, covered in solar panels, would generate nearly all the power Utah needs. It would also eliminate the need for snow plows, reduce traffic and accidents in winter, and make Utah a true national example of intelligent energy solutions.
It would cost $6b and have an 8-yr payback period, as well as create hundreds of jobs.
From everything I have researched - and I've spent a lot of time researching it, when several factors are normalized (ex: job title/role experience), it does appear Utah has a small wage gap.
Here is what I would propose: Utah will set up a "Pay Equity Certification Committee." This committee of CPAs would, at the request of Utah companies, conduct an audit, and provide an equity score.
A company with an exceptional equity score would be able to tout that certification in their recruitment processes, branding, etc...
I would also ask the committee to assign an equity score to any company doing official business with the State of Utah, and only allow vendors with an equity score of 98% or higher.
Utah Lake has gone into environmental disrepair.
I would ask the Legislature to fund the 4 D's: Drain, Dredge, Deepen, Develop.
Restore natural habitats. Deepen the lake. Develop lakefront communities. Bring back amazing recreation.
Doing so would create hundreds of jobs and would pay for itself with recreation fees and property taxes from new developments.
I am an active, believing member of the LDS Church.
However, I don't agree with the LDS Church on many of its actions in regards to the LGBTQ community. For example, the short-lived denial of baptism to children of LGBTQ parents was wrong, and I commend President Nelson for reversing that damaging policy.
I am also glad that the LDS Church finally recognized that you can be born gay.
I do believe churches have the right to worship as they choose. Still, I believe firmly that the LDS Church, with any of its for-profit entities, must honor and obey all laws protecting equal employment rights.
And, I do not believe the LDS Church should be driving government policy.
When I was a boy, my family fostered a homosexual young man. We treated him as an equal and we love him dearly.
My wife and I also have what we call an "insta-son" who is gay. We took him in while he was coming out and provided a safe space for him. I love him as family.
I don't mention these things to look "woke." I only mention them to show that I am willing to act on my beliefs. There was a time when I could have been legitimately called "homophobic." I have worked diligently to eliminate those false beliefs from my life, and work as an advocate for all God's children.
I affirm that our LGBTQ brothers and sisters are exactly how God made them. They are equal in every way. They add to the flavor of the world. They have every God-given right I have, and will do everything in my power to protect and promote those rights.
I support the original language of the Equal Rights Amendment.
However, for the strength of the amendment, I do favor a re-ratification process.
Why? Because amendments are typically understood in the context in which they were ratified. Because most states ratified 30 years ago, I worry that any future legal challenges would weaken the law, as the Supreme Court would need to decide when to place the context of the law.
Nevertheless, while the Legislature, and not the Governor, ratifies amendments, if the Utah Legislature did ratify the ERA, I would be supportive and would not stand in the way.
As Michael Scott asks, "Do you think smoking drugs is cool? Do you think doing alcohol is cool?"
I don't drink. I don't use drugs.
However, criminalizing the use of marijuana makes no sense. I am not saying we should legalize recreational use --- I'm simply saying that if you are caught smoking marijuana, it should be a citation and not a crime.
Creating criminals is in no one's interest. No one should have a criminal record for smoking marijuana.
Instead, I favor using citations. A simple ticket, with escalating amounts for escalating instances.
And, I would use 100% of that money to fund substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.
What if they can't pay their citations? Isn't that what causes so many people to be arrested and have records anyway? Great question. No, I would not jail someone for not paying their citation. I would simply put them on a payment plan. For some people, it could be $5/mo, directly withdrawn from their bank account.
I don't hate essential oils. Lavender smells great.
What really bothers me is an industry which seems to turn a blind eye to its "distributors" making false medical claims.
Those false medical claims risk the lives of people who need real medicine.
I feel the same way about the ubiquitous grey-area claims made by the CBD cult.
The other day I saw a billboard in Salt Lake which virtually claimed CBD can cure anxiety.
Here's the deal .... I've seen no credible peer-reviewed, serious lab test showing CBD "cures" anxiety.
And, those with real anxiety need real help. Anxiety can be debilitating, even leading to suicide. I'd rather see those people get real help. Real medicine. Real treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Not snake oil.
In theory, I'm not against MLMs (network marketing companies).
And I'm certainly not in favor of forbidding grown adults from joining them.
What I am against is what I have observed is an industry which allows ludicrous income claims and preys upon the vulnerable.
I would introduce a bill which, while not restricting MLMs in any additional way, would require that any MLM which operates in Utah must publish, annually, the % of its distributors which ever make back their initial investment, and the % of its distributors who ever earn $5,000.
What I believe you'd find is less than 10% ever even make back their initial investment, and less than 2% ever make $5,000.
What I want is for people to have transparency before they spend their time and money chasing get-rich-quick schemes.