We talk about the GOP needing to do things they are NOT doing. Ronald Reagan's mantra, back in the 1980s, was "Fewer Taxes, less regulation, smaller government." Utah's GOP is doing the exact opposite right here, and has for decades. In 2016 a Libertarian think-tank, the CATO Institute, gave Utah an overall score of 'D' for " raising taxes and rapid growth in the state budget and the number of workers on the state payroll” -- or More Taxes, Bigger Budgets and Bigger Government !!! (Isn't that three strikes? Utah IAP would give the State Government of Utah - both the Administration and the legislature - an ''F" !!
The state budget has grown from $6 Billion for FY2000 up to $29 Billion for FY24 - an almost 500% jump. Bigger budgets means bigger government, more programs, and more of what we as taxpayers don't need to pay for !! Ronald Reagan would never claim or recognize Utah GOP today !
Is it any wonder 60% of Americans say they don't want what the two major parties stand for and are doing. GIVE IAP A TRY AS A VIABLE CONSERVATIVE THIRD OPTION !
Utah's Flag is a huge issue this year. SB 31 passed the Legislature with a new design for the state flag. Utah has already spent $483,305 for this "arts and crafts project." That doesn't count the cost of every state building, every county and city getting new flags, every agency in the state, every office
A grassroots initiative is being undertaken right now to "Restore Utah's Flag." KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR PETITIONS AND SIGN ONE!
Don't let 100 years of history and tradition fade into oblivion with Sen. McCay's ugly 'arts and crafts project' !!
Utah is battling an EPA rule, the 'Good Neighbor Rule.' EPA wants to stop any coal power generation in Utah because it allegedly effects the Brown Cloud in Colorado's Front Range (Denver). That means shutting down IPP, Bonanza Power, etc., et al - we aren't going to let them !! Letting the Federal Gov't - let alone the EPA - tell us we can't generate power for our people is the very definition of 'Gov't Over-reach.'
Utah is attempting to drag the rest of us into the Electronic Age by using Blockchain security measures to assure us of the 'iron-clad' security of Digital Identification - such as digital drivers licenses we can carry on our cell phones, etc. Our answer to this is "Whatever the mind of man can conceive, the mind of another man can get around!" We do not buy the 'iron-clad' nature of anything ... are you alright with this idea?
You have heard of Ranked Choice Voting, or RCV, as an alternative to voting by regular ballots, there are even other forms of voting ... one of which is electronic voting from your cell phone, called Blockchain voting. And Utah has already had one person vote via cell phone (Utah County in 2018, thank you Amelia!) and it was officially counted! Now members of the Leg. want to spread it around as another alternative voting method. WHY?
Remember the hub-bub about dredging Utah Lake and making islands in the Lake? Well we have a new GOVERNMENTAL assault on the Lake, by UDOT & MAG !! (MAG is Mountainland Association of Governments, who do transportation planning for Utah and Wasatch Counties; UDOT stands for Utah Department of Transportation, they construct the highways and byways in Utah according to legislative funding and multi-year planning)
1) a highway is PLANNED across the middle of Utah Lake within the next 5-10 years to be called "Pony Express-way"
2) a 'Freeway' concept is being looked at on the North end of Utah Lake, called the
"Off-Shore Freeway" for east/west traffic from I-15 to Eagle Mtn. & Saratoga Springs!!
You may have heard about the Great Reset and the steps toward that include ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance scores) being used as part of our credit scores (GAG) as well as DEI (Diversity, Equality and Inclusion) training for children and adults - to teach us a political philosophical agenda ... a divide and conquer scenario. Well, UTAH is a battleground to stop those Un-American and foreign based ideas from being implemented here. We are not alone ! Several more states have joined a lawsuit over ESG implementation and still more are fighting DEI.
We have already talked a little about Digital IDs, above, and no sooner than we have a handle on that greased pig, but they start talking about turning our money into "Digital Dollars" also called Federal Digital Currency. It is a serious threat to individual liberty! Information the CATO Institute put together about this issue highlights the reasons why this must be stopped (Link::https://www.cato.org/study/risks-of-cbdcs). Utah Representative Tyler Clancy has talked about a bill he will be running to try and stop it. .WE will be following this!
This is the year for major elections ... President, Congress, etc.
WHY NOT RUN FOR AN OFFICE and REPRESENT UTAH ?? GET INVOLVED !
Deadline for filing your 'Declaration of Candidacy' is Jan 2 to 8, 2024 ...
Contact us at IAP Utah and we will help with info in your campaign if you are brave enough to run !! GOOD LUCK to ALL the Candidates ... and Thank You !!
FOR THE NERVOUS CONSTITUANT - When candidates come around or you meet one, (OR IF YOU ARE ONE ... be prepared to answer questions like ...)
ASK a few easy questions to start a conversation with ANY candidate ...
What are the responsibilities of the office you seek?
What issues are most important to you?
Why do you think you would be good at this job?
How will you work with people who think differently?
After you get to know them, ASK ABOOUT THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST TO YOU !
Taxes, Schools, Public Education, Big Government, INCREASING and OUT OF CONTROL FEDERAL BUDGETS . ... you know, ... those little things!!
(Preliminary Results as of Wednedsay Nov 22 5 p.m.)
Alta Town Council at-large (2 seats)
Bluffdale City Council at-large (3 seats)
Bluffdale Proposition 13: Shall Bluffdale city be authorized to levy an initial tax rate in the Fire and Police Protection Fund in the amount sufficient to generate an increase in tax revenue of $569,520 for the fiscal year 2023-2024 as budgeted, adopted and approved by Bluffdale city?
Brighton Town Council at-large (2 seats)
Copperton Metro Township Council at-large A
Copperton Metro Township Council at-large B
Copperton Metro Township Council at-large C
Cottonwood Heights City Council District 1
Cottonwood Heights City Council District 2
Draper City Council at-large (3 seats)
Emigration Canyon Metro Township Council at-large (3 seats)
Herriman City Council District 1
Herriman City Council District 4
Holladay City Council District 4
Kearns Metro Township Council District 1
Kearns Metro Township Council District 3
Kearns Metro Township Council District 5
Midvale City Council District 1 - Ranked Choice Round 1
Midvale City Council District 2
Midvale City Council District 3 - Ranked Choice Round 2
Millcreek City Council District 3 - Ranked Choice Round 1
Murray City Council District 1
Murray City Council District 3
Murray City Council District 5
Riverton City Council District 1
Riverton City Council District 2
Riverton City Council District 5
Salt Lake City Council 2
Salt Lake City Council 4 - Ranked Choice Round 2
Salt Lake City Council 6 - Ranked Choice Round 2
Salt Lake City Council 7
Salt Lake City mayor - Ranked Choice Round 1
Sandy City Council 2
Sandy City Council 4
Sandy City Council at-large (2 seats)
South Jordan City Council 1
South Jordan City Council 2
South Jordan City Council 4
South Salt Lake City Council 1
South Salt Lake City Council 4
South Salt Lake City Council 5
South Salt Lake City Council at-large
Taylorsville City Council 1
Taylorsville City Council 2
Taylorsville City Council 3
West Jordan City Council 1
West Jordan City Council 2
West Jordan City Council 3
West Jordan City Council 4
West Jordan mayor
West Valley City Council 1
West Valley City Council 3
West Valley City Council at-large
White City Metro Township Council at-large (3 seats)
Copperton Improvement District at-large trustee (3 seats)
Cottonwood Improvement District at-large trustee (2 seats)
Kearns Improvement District at-large trustee
Magna Water District at-large trustee
Midvalley Improvement District at-large trustee
Mount Olympus Improvement District at-large trustee
Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District Division 2 trustee
Bountiful City Council (3 seats)
Clearfield City Council (3 seats)
Clinton City Council (3 seats)
Farmington City Council (3 seats)
Fruit Heights City Council (3 seats)
Kaysville City Council (3 seats)
Layton City Council (3 seats)
North Salt Lake City Council (3 seats)
Syracuse City Council (3 seats)
West Bountiful City Council (3 seats)
West Point City Council (3 seats)
Woods Cross City Council (3 seats)
Benchland Water District trustee (3 seats)
Central Davis Sewer District trustee (2 seats)
Mutton Hollow Improvement District trustee (2 seats)
South Davis Water District trustee
South Weber Water Improvement District board member (2 seats)
Clinton Proposition 10: Shall Clinton city, Utah, be authorized to impose a 0.1% sales and use tax to fund park improvements, recreational improvements, and cultural facilities and organizations for Clinton city?
Apple Valley mayor
Apple Valley Town Council (2 seats)
Enterprise City Council (3 seats)
Hildale City Council (3 seats)
Hurricane City Council (3 seats)
Ivins City Council (3 seats)
La Verkin City Council (3 seats)
Rockville Town Council (2 seats)
Santa Clara City Council (3 seats)
Springdale Town Council (2 seats)
St. George City Council (3 seats)
Virgin Town Council (2 seats)
Washington City Council (3 seats)
St. George City Special Bond Election: Shall the City Council of the city of St. George, Utah, be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $29 million to pay all or a portion of the costs of acquiring, constructing and improving trails, parks, and recreation facilities and amenities throughout the city, for the purpose of connecting communities and revitalizing existing facilities; said bonds to be due and payable in not to exceed 25 years from the date of issuance of the bonds?
Park City Council (3 seats)
Park City Recreational Facilities Bond Question: Shall Park City, Utah, be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the amount not to exceed $30 million, for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs associated with constructing, improving, furnishing, and equipping new and existing city recreational facilities?
Kamas City Council (3 seats)
South Summit Fire District Commission (2 seats)
Oakley City Council (3 seats)
Coalville City Council (3 seats)
Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District trustee
Alpine City Council (3 seats)
American Fork City Council (3 seats)
Cedar Fort City Council Seat C
Cedar Fort City Council Seat D
Cedar Hills City Council (3 seats)
Eagle Mountain City Council (3 seats)
Fairfield City Council Seat A
Fairfield City Council Seat B
Fairfield City Council Seat D
Genola City Council (2 seats)
Goshen City Council (2 seats)
Highland City Council (3 seats)
Lehi City Council (3 seats)
Lindon City Council (3 seats)
Mapleton City Council (3 seats)
Orem City Council (3 seats)
Orem Renewal of CARE Tax Proposition ;
* YES 64%
* NO 35%
Payson City Council (3 seats)
Pleasant Grove City Council (3 seats)
Provo City Council District 1
Provo City Council District 3
Provo City Council District 4
Provo City Council citywide 2
Salem City Council (3 seats)
Santaquin City Council (3 seats)
Saratoga Springs City Council (3 seats)
Spanish Fork City Council (3 seats)
Springville City Council (3 seats)
Vineyard City Council (2 seats)
Woodland Hills City Council (3 seats)
Harrisville City Council at-large (3 seats)
Hooper City Council at-large (2 seats)
Huntsville Town Council (2 seats)
Marriot-Slaterville City Council District West
North Ogden City Council at-large (3 seats)
Ogden City Council at-large C
Ogden City Council District 2
Ogden City Council District 4
Plain City City Council at-large (3 seats)
Pleasant View City Council at-large (3 seats)
Riverdale City Council at-large (3 seats)
Roy City Council at-large (3 seats)
South Ogden City Council at-large (3 seats)
Uintah City Council at-large (2 seats)
Washington Terrace City Council at-large (3 seats)
West Haven City Council at-large (3 seats)
Grantsville City Council (3 seats)
Erda City Council District 1
Erda City Council District 3
Erda City Council District 5
Lake Point City Council (2 seats)
Tooele City Council (3 seats)