“lf not Arizona, then a land not too far away, where all parents are strong and wise and capable and all the children are happy and beloved. I don't know. Maybe it was Utah.”
Leadership in Utah is exemplary. We are always among the national leaders in economic growth, fiscal responsibility, charitable giving, volunteer work, birth rates, and income equality. If America is a shining city to the rest of the world, Utah is a shining city to the rest of America. To put it bluntly: Washington needs more of Utah. Utah absolutely does not need more of Washington.
Despite this, Utah has long struggled to keep bureaucrats in Washington from meddling with our state. Even now, almost 70 percent of our land is federally controlled. This limits the ability of our state to generate revenue. It also creates extreme fire risk, disrupts natural water cycles in an already arid state, and contributes to poor air quality days.
The Commerce Clause should not apply to goods and services not distributed out of state. The FAA should not impede states’ ability to transfer of ownership and operations of airports within a state. States should have more empowerment in the designation of monuments. States should be empowered to receive a full PILT equivalent. States should be freer in their application of federal funding.
Parts of the state are experiencing high growth and growth projections, and there are many who are in a crisis-mode to build unsustainable, community destroying, high government investment housing and infrastructure, ignoring history and common sense. Efforts to socially engineer people and manipulate markets in the name of helping people simply do not work. To address these issues we must allow more federal land to be divested to the state.
As a state legislator, I have fought for the rights of cities against centralization of power in the state government. As a member of Congress, I will fight for the right of my state to self-governance against distant powers in the federal bureaucracy. The smallest government, closest to the people, is best. Utahns prove that every day.
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