On Education:

  • Increase resources that support lifelong learning–pre-K through higher education.
  • Ensure that adult education opportunities are not neglected.
  • Validate and reward successful teaching practices with increased teacher pay.
  • Increase funding that reduces class sizes.
  • Catch up with states that excel in per-pupil funding.
  • Augment time-proven strategies like dual immersion programs and community schools that provide wrap-around services for families and maximize use of existing resources.

On Sustainable Growth:

  • Support and augment existing plans for managing sustainable growth.
  • Give public agencies charged with environmental protection adequate resources and purview to match increasing environmental demands.
  • Reward innovations that allow us to support our growing community in an environmentally responsible manner (i.e., tax incentives for use of “green” development, building and business practices).
  • Augment transit-minded transportation policy.
  • Expand use of alternative safe and renewable energy sources (i.e., solar, geothermal, wind).
  • Support public education campaigns on “green” living practices (i.e., how to reduce the size of one’s carbon footprint).

On Social Justice and Civic Engagement:

  • Counter ill-advised legislation that targets people based on their sexual orientation, familial and/or immigration status.
  • Align state law with federal case law that protects recently upheld LGTB rights.
  • Ensure that public policy protects those in our community who are often ignored due to socio-economic status, health or mental health needs.
  • Assure fairness in representation statewide by establishing an independent bipartisan redistricting advisory commission.
  • Expand opportunities for all Utah citizens to exercise their right to vote.

On Health:

  • Assure affordable access to a continuum of care and safety net services for the uninsured, as well as the underinsured. Augment support for populations such as veterans who have specialized health needs.
  • Support public health education efforts. Increase public health literacy in an effort to reduce under-utilization as well as over-utilization. Support prevention education efforts.
  • Support legislation that addresses crisis issues such as increased cases of STDs, burgeoning substance abuse challenges and reduction of domestic violence cases.
  • Protect access to reproductive health services. Support medically accurate sex education and outreach.
  • Augment supplemental services for low-income families and the disabled.

On Economic Development:

  • Balance business development incentives; offer local businesses opportunities to thrive and innovate.
  • Require that relocating businesses exercise family-friendly business practices (i.e., provision of a living wage, adequate health care coverage, child care support) when they move into Utah. Tie accountability to provision of tax incentives for relocating businesses.
  • Reward businesses that recognize the contributions of Utah’s growing diverse workforce through effective use of cultural competency trainings for all employees.
  • Expand microenterprise efforts that support training and financing for non-traditional entrepreneurs.

Other Quality of Life Issues:

  • Ensure that tax policy provides an adequate infrastructure not only for the present, but also well into the future. Use our current economic fortune to plan ahead. Monitor impact of tax code changes on all tax brackets, working toward true equity.
  • Support corrections and public safety; but also give equal credence to prevention programs that reduce the need for more corrections facilities and intervention programming.