The Issues


"I have known Dean both professionally, politically, and personally for years and I know that he will be a great asset to the district and will represent us well. We'll do more than well to have him representing us."

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Pre-Session 2012 Survey 

Thank you to the hundreds of comments and responses I received from this year's pre-session survey.  I am a believer in the value of collective intelligence where many minds come together to create far greater wisdom than what can be derived from any one individual.   

I can't post all of the results of this year's survey here, but I have included here a few interesting highlights.  Overwhelmingly our District once again has education as the budget priority.  Secondarily is a desire to focus on the economy and economic development.

Funding Priorities

One of the heavily debated topics this year has been over the current caucus system.  Our district may be reflective of the controversy as it seems there is a division of opinions.  

Caucus System

Finally - there has been a great deal of discussion over whether or not the state should engage in building a water pipeline from the Colorado river to service the needs of residents living in Southern Utah.  Projections based on current water usage rates have Southern Utah running into water shortages by 2020.  The proposal to address the problem will be costly - however, the current plan will have that repaid for exclusively by the residents who will benefit from the pipeline in Southern Utah through fees, tax increases or both.  There is some disagreement as to how that should be allocated to perhaps discourage over usage of water, but our district seems to favor the state support in building the pipeline as long as the costs are covered by the users of the resource.