States' Rights and Role of Government

The 10th Amendment defines the limits of federal power, but it is the responsibility of state governments to check federal overreach. I believe that the role of government is to serve its citizens, that government must often be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens, and that "better laws" rather than "more laws" should be the objective of Utah's legislature.


Education is the key to Utah's future. I oppose the intrusion of federal programs in our schools. I favor school choice, and the right of parents to direct the education of their children. I applaud efforts by our current legislature to equalize school funding across the state. I favor raising teacher salaries to pay our teachers a competitive wage,  and creation of community partnerships to mentor at-risk youth and their families.