As your Representative, I will listen to you!
How I Am Different from Mike Noel:
When it comes to taxes and fees, Utah ranks 12th highest in the nation. The projects Mike Noel supports will cost even more taxpayer and ratepayer dollars than we already give to the government. At the same time, these projects do little or nothing to meet the needs of our rural communities. They are largely a waste of money that will be coming out of our pockets for a long time.
Although we pay high taxes in Utah, our schools go underfunded and education suffers at every level. We rank dead last in money spent per pupil. Instead, our legislature has given a 'free pass' to the big corporations that come into our state to extract natural resources. A recent study found that Utah has the lowest effective tax rate on oil & natural gas activity of any western state. Even worse, our state has imposed NO severance tax on coal! Our neighbor Wyoming has a coal severance tax of between 3.75 and 7 percent. Mike Noel has chosen to give these industries an easy pass while our schools go underfunded. It is time for Utah legislators to get serious about funding public education. I will work to make sure that big oil, gas & coal companies pay the standard taxes that they would pay in any other state. And I will make certain our schools get their fair share.
With your vote, I will work to reduce taxes in Utah, both locally and statewide. I'll support only publicly funded projects that directly serve the people of Utah. I'll work to cut unnecessary spending of taxpayer dollars, and only support projects worthy of the money spent, rather than give-aways to out-of-state interests!
Please vote for me on November 8th. Please tell your family & friends there is a candidate that wants to stop wasting our money in government.
Ty Markham believes every community needs a champion for its small business owners because these are the people whose entrepreneurial spirit leads to new jobs, more jobs and higher-paying jobs. As a small business owner and member of the Wayne County Business Association, Ty Markham understands the challenges business owners are facing in today’s economy. It is much too difficult to access capital for expansion, to access on-the-job training, to acquire new skills and earn new certifications in rural counties.
Are you a small business owner in District 73? Please contact Ty with issues and challenges that need to be addressed at the state level.
Although we pay high taxes in Utah, our schools go underfunded and education suffers at every level. We rank dead last in money spent per pupil. Right now our tax dollars are being wasted on unnecessary litigation & projects that don't benefit Utah families! Our legislature has given a 'free pass' to big out-of-state corporations that come in and extract natural resources for their profit. A recent economic study found that Utah has the lowest effective tax rate on oil & natural gas activity of any western state. Even worse, our state has imposed NO severance tax on coal! Our neighbor Wyoming has a coal severance tax of between 3.75 and 7 percent. Mike Noel has chosen to give these industries an easy pass while our schools go underfunded. It is time for Utah legislators to get serious about funding public education. Ty Markham will work to make sure big oil, gas & coal companies pay the same standard rates they pay in other states. She will make certain our schools get their fair share!
Ty Markham supports Utah’s Prosperity 2020 initiative. This movement addresses the need to educate and train our current employees and students in areas that will result in high-paying jobs and the creation of new jobs. There are some amazing educational grants and opportunities available that need to be made accessible to rural Utahns.
The Role of Government
Good government supports opportunity. Opportunities that enable the people to expand their skills, knowledge, self-determination and outreach.
Good governmental policies protect citizens from abuses of power. Because government policies are not always fair, Ty Markham believes we must be vigilant in ensuring that watchdog groups are allowed to exist, and that the voices of the People are heard.
Good leaders represent the people, not corporate interests. Our stewardship of Utah’s natural resources, landscapes, natural beauty and industries is a complex and vital responsibility. Ty Markham is acutely aware of the historical decisions involving land use that created jobs yet divided communities, established cultural norms yet damaged landscapes, and created wealth for specific communities, yet left others destitute. Ty Markham appreciates the need to listen to all viewpoints and discuss the short-term versus long-term impacts based on what the People want, not the corporate interests.
Good laws protect our constitutional rights. The US Constitution was written to protect our rights as individuals. It provides for a form of government that allows us to elect our leaders, who are then tasked with ensuring our society is structured so the rule of law is enforced. As a full-time rural Utahn, Ty Markham is sensitive to the need for small towns and rural places to have a voice and a place at the table when the government is making laws that affect us!
Good government provides control over the abuses of power. Because our nation is a republic that is also a democracy, we need elected officials who have the courage and ethical foundation to tackle abuses of power head-on. That’s why Ty Markham is firmly committed to ensuring ethical leadership rather than political posturing and self-serving 'power games' that waste our tax dollars and distract from tackling the important issues head-on.
Rural Utahns and small business owners need affordable health insurance. As a mother, grandmother and employer, Ty Markham knows how rural Utah businesses and families struggle to meet healthcare costs. Today, many Utahns are without health insurance. Many more are under-insured, meaning one serious accident can result in bankruptcy and homelessness. Ty believes the health of our neighbors shouldn’t be a political baseball, but an essential basic need that ought to be affordable and accessible to everyone. Ty Markham supports "Expanded Medicaid" for all Utahns. Every Utahn has already paid for "Expanded Medicaid" and is continuing to support with their taxes this vital program. However, our governor has rejected "Expanded Medicaid" for the Utahns who most desperately need it. Many of those families live in our district. Currently there is no adequate program to meet the needs of these families who cannot afford the marketplace insurance premiums. Ty Markham will join others at the state level to reverse the decision that denied medical coverage to many of our rural Utah families.
Utah has some of the cheapest energy in the US when it comes to electricity. But that doesn’t mean we should be complacent. Coal is a dying industry. It is not renewable, it is highly polluting, and its external costs outweigh its benefits. The good news is that investing in clean renewables means investing in a thriving energy economy for Utah’s future. Our state needs to invest in clean, domestic, renewable energy. This transition won’t be cheap or easy, but it is our future. Utah ranks about 45th in the nation in producing renewable energy, even though we have some of the best wind & solar resources! We need leadership that will guide us into the future by promoting these resources so we don't keep falling further behind.
Our rivers & mountain streams are some of the cleanest in the nation. They support wildlife and recreation, as well as irrigation and drinking water to our communities. Southern Utah is one of the driest desert regions on earth. The decisions we make over the next two years about our water resources will determine whether our communities thrive or wither over the next decades. We need to focus our attention on conservation rather than expensive and unnecessary pipelines that will bind our children and grandchildren for decades paying off multi-billion dollar bonds.
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