UTAH’S IMPORTANT ISSUES
aND nEW iDEAS TO SOLVE tHEM!
My daughters are the reasons I’m running for the Utah House of Representatives—because I know that they deserve Better Schools, Cleaner Air, and Stronger Families around them. And you deserve those things too! The Utah Legislature has a constitutional responsibility to make Better Schools, Cleaner Air, and Stronger Families realities in Utah. But for the last dozen years, I’ve seen them ignore these real problems to focus on extreme fringe issues. Sadly, our incumbent representative—my opponent—is part of the problem. His big bill this last legislative session was about vanity license plates. I think we have more important things to deal with—issues will impact our kids’ and grandkids’ lives.
MOST PRESSING ISSUES
Every community needs to strike a balance between the property rights of landlords and the human rights of their renters. Sadly, Utah law is widely unbalanced in favor of the landlords.
Utah’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. There is no way anyone can support themselves—let alone a family—on such a pittance! This low rate has not been raised since 2009, but the cost of living has gone up—inflation, tuition, and housing costs have all increased. And our Utah legislature has done absolutely nothing to help the hardworking families in our state, despite the experiences of states and cities across the country proving that gradual minimum wage increases don’t cost jobs.
Unaffordable housing isn’t just a problem in Provo; it’s a problem statewide. It is past time for the state legislature to enact laws that will allow Utah’s housing supply to finally catch up with demand.
Getting an abortion is no one’s life goal. Abortions are always, always a symptom of larger problems—most often, socioeconomic ones. And the key to preventing abortions lies in solving those larger problems.
Utah Lake needs to be restored, not transformed by corporate, tax leeching companies who do not follow scientific expertise and ecological best practices.
To conserve water, it's time to take action to ensure that our children continue to have enough water. By showing the true cost behind water property taxes, incentivizing farmers to grow crops that require less water, and expanding native plant landscaping, we can make Utah a better place.
Expanding upon renewable energy while retaining jobs, improving the energy grid, and protecting citizens' right to generate wind and solar electricity on their own property.
Clean electric vehicles are a core solution to our air problem. Roughly half of Utah County’s air pollution comes from the exhaust of gas-powered vehicles. Globally, such vehicles are an enormous contributor to the climate change that’s superpowering wildfires across the West. Car companies have seen the writing on the wall and are already beginning the transition to electric vehicles.
In our recent municipal election, I gave my daughter my “I voted” sticker to wear. I’m looking forward to the day, sixteen years from now, when she’ll earn one of her own. To make sure we can all enjoy that proud, patriotic parent moment, I am running for the Utah House today. A vote for Daniel Craig Friend is a vote for secure and inclusive elections.