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The Benefits of Electing an Independent?

As an Independent American I am concerned at our dysfunctional State legislature. I am concerned about my district (senate Dist. 16) with a 16 year incumbent (Curt Bramble) with a 37 percent conservative ranking from Grassroots Index equaling an  ‘F’ grade for his lifetime voting record.

 

Whether it is Curt Bramble’s four-month abortion bill from the 2016 session, or the SB54 fiasco from 2014 session trying to short circuit the ‘Count My Vote’ movement and the grassroots move to open primaries to more candidates, or his vote for SB296 in 2015 to allow gender neutral showers, locker rooms or bathrooms. Bramble hasn’t met a fee or a tax that he hasn’t liked and voted for in his 16 years. What is a good man suppose to do, if not actively run against such a professional politician.

 

I understand Bramble is a very powerful man with 16 years of power-building under his belt, as well as having held a seat on the National Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council.  Or his pushing for School Vouchers – which the Utah Voters defeated by 66%. Or the gerrymandering of his District in 2012 for political expediency.

 

But do we want a man so dismissive of the voters wishes, so isolated from the voter’s viewpoints and ‘knowing better’ than the voters, or not trusting the voters as to over-ride multiple referendum issues in the last few years (Count My Vote, Ethics Commission, etc.).

 

I am Jason Christensen running for the Utah State Senate seat for District 16 on the Independent American ticket as a leader with Constitutionally correct principles, because, as Edmond Burke said:  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.”

 

You may ask,  “ What good could an Independent American do in the State Senate and transform the Legislature into a functional body once again?”   It is simple, I could reach across the aisle to either Republicans or Democrats to get things done on Constitutionally sound and fiscally conservative issues.  I could reach across the aisle to both party members on Health Freedom issues, on  Privacy concerns, restoring due process of law (4th Amendment) and property right issues, on reforming election law in this state, campaign finance reform, state sovereignty, in restoring our second amendment rights, as well; thereby transforming the dysfunctional body into a more functional and correctly principled body of legislators.  I can bring up concerns of individual citizens such as water issues with the NSA and Facebook server farm outrageous water usage, or state tax reform and serious budget cuts, even zero-based budgeting?  Afterall, zero-based budgeting is good for every Utah household and why not apply it to state agencies and the state legislature?

 

This is the year to elect an Independent American – who is the lone challenger to a 16 year incumbent – instead of voting for a professional politican who has already had 16 years in the job.  As Orrin Hatch said in 1978,  “12 IS ENOUGH!”

 

Utah’s Biggest Tax Hike

TO:  Utah Media Outlets                                                              From:   Jason Christensen’s Campaign

IAP Candidate for Utah Senate, Dist. 16

 

Press Release for IMMEDIATE Release  as of  31 Aug 2016

 

Gas Tax Fiasco to be ‘fixed’ in Special Session

 

Once again the Utah Legislature, in its collective wisdom, has mucked this up!  Last year they raised the gas tax by about a nickel a gallon, for the first time in 19 years  –  according to reports -, promising the cities and counties a “boost in revenue” of about “17.5 percent this year.”  Big surprise, it  didn’t happen!

 

Promising anything and not being able to deliver the promise is essentially a LIE!  And our Legislature is exceptionally adept at continuing to lie to voters and still get re-elected.  This may be the one that catches Wayne Neiderhauser, Johnny Anderson, Greg Hughes and Company, et al.  This time, instead of lying to the students, teachers and parents of the state, to the voters who put them in office, they lied to their fellow elected officials of cities and county governments.   OOPS!

 

Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini is quoted as saying, instead of an increased “boost in revenue” this year, Midvale lost $71,215 (in a Salt Lake Tribune story, August 28, 2016, page B-1, by Lee Davidson).

 

The culprit was HB362, sponsored by retiring Rep. Johnny Anderson (R-Taylorsville) in 2015.  HB362 also allowed cities and counties to vote on Proposition 1`, the referendum which would supposedly “solve long festering” transportation problems and issues with the infrastructure.  Prop 1 failed.

 

Mayor Seghini also said, “My city [residents] voted for it [Prop 1], but Salt Lake County [voters] didn’t because they hate UTA [Utah Transit Authority],” so it failed, she said.  “We would have received $541,000 from it.  The loss of both of those impacted our ability to have a sustainable budget without a property tax increase.”

 

Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT) says cities are being shortchanged by $8.5 million because of the legislature’s inept reformulations for the “B&C Road Fund,” the local share of state gasoline taxes.  But ULCT and the Association of Counties both worked on the calculations for the formulas.  “The calculations didn’t come out the way that they had hoped, so we made another adjustment to it in 2016,” Anderson is quoted as saying in the Tribune article.

 

The 2016 ‘legislative adjustment’ was in the form of HB60.  The ‘adjustment’ flipped things so the rural counties, with larger amounts of B&C road miles to maintain to benefit all state residents, “would see increases of about 82 percent” instead of the promised 17.5 percent.  The attorney for ULCT, Cameron Diehl, said the formula cuts the gas tax share of urban cities and towns.

 

“We are just trying to figure out a way to shift some of it back,”  said Lincoln Shurtz, a lobbyist for the Utah Association of Counties.  Both Diehl and Shurtz hope to present final calculations next month, in time for a special session in October to make the needed fixes.  Special Sessions cost taxpayers a minimum of $30,000, a costly ‘fix.’  Anyone wanna take a bet on efficacy of the fix?

 

Both Utah Senator Curt Bramble (R- Provo, District 16) and Rep. Kevin Stratton (R-Orem, District 48) voted for both HB362 and HB60 twice, like they can’t say ‘No’ to a tax increase!  This tax increase averaged an estimated $13 per $1000 out of citizen’s pockets.  The fiscal note to the bill states a business driving 12000 miles a year, with a vehicle making 25 miles per gallon, would pay an additional $24 a year.  A house valued at $250,000 could see an increase of $48 in 2016, due to this bill; because cities can now put additional taxes on either property tax notices or on each and every utility bill.

 

Jason Christensen’s solution to this morass of tax increases and costly additions is to scrap the whole bill and make actual serious cuts to pay for the B&C road maintenance as well as needful things in government. As the only challenger to the 16 year incumbent in Utah Senate District 16 race, and as a candidate on the Independent American Party ticket, Christensen is a proven principled conservative candidate.