Our precious farmland is a special local resource that benefits families with more healthy and better tasting food. The availability of such food closer to the people also protects our environment through reducing transportation and distribution resources and costs. Such productive land should not be taken away lightly. Local government use of eminent domain to take property away from private owners has been traditionally reserved for redevelopment purposes to improve blighted or difficult to develop property. The use of the government's power to take farmland away from private citizens should only occur as a last resort after other, even moderately more expensive, options have been considered. Utah instead needs to consider the promotion of government-university sponsored research and pilot projects into the feasibility of transforming our local farms into productive farmland year round.
Residents need more opportunities to market their own unique goods and services within our local economy. Instead of allowing our sales dollars to flow outside our community (especially to out of state online corporations), we need to keep and retain our own valuable pocketbooks and buy from and sell to each other. I am committed to expanding and transforming our farmer markets into a community-wide commercial vendors' market that would become a destination business center for the County year round.
Our Businesses Deserve Educated and Qualified Utah Employees.
With some of the lowest unemployment rates in years, Utah employers are finding it more and more difficult to hire educated and qualified employees they need. Instead of businesses having to hire more and more employees from out of state or experience a labor shortage, more Utah residents need better access to higher education opportunities, childcare, and affordable housing. Utah needs an educated, healthy local workforce using their skills in meaningful employment to stay number one.
Look into the economic feasibility of offering “free” higher education programs for residents committed to working for Utah businesses.
Opening up to the idea of business tax credits or deductions for providing on-site child care services for operating costs for private contractors and capital expenditures for construction or remodeling of child care rooms or centers that offer child care that has often been difficult for employees and owners to find and afford.
Explore non-traditional housing options such smaller housing designs to lower the exorbitant cost of housing for Utah employees, especially for Millennials and lower-income employees, and carefully plan neighborhoods based on sustainable urban-design principles to accommodate moderate increases in housing density to minimize their impact on our communities.