|I wish that I had something profound to say to you. I would love to tell you that there are things I would like to see happen in this congress. I would like to tell you about something that you could improve on.
However, I can’t.
I can’t because you are doing a great job.
You might be wondering why I am writing to you. First, it’s because I promised you at the beginning of the session that I would. Second, the reason that I made the promise, is because I know you probably get a lot of negative mail. Just like you get a lot of negative press. But I want you to know, that we support you. You are our representative, and we are grateful for it.
So, what do I like about what you are doing?
First, congratulations on the State’s Rights Bill that is dressed up as a gun bill. Don’t ask me what the HB # is, I am too busy to bother with such things, but I believe that you know the one I am talking about. I am glad the Governor Herbert signed it.
Next, I love the bill by Representative Ken Sumsion and Representative Chris Herrod. Using eminent domain to claim our state’s land back is pure genius. I don’t have much hope that it will pass this year, but I look forward to next year and it’s passing. But I want you to know that I support it. Even if litigation is eminent because of it.
Some have accused the Patrick Henry Caucus of too many message bills this past session. They claim that these bills are only on the table so that you can get reelected. I feel that these are people who don’t truly understand the Patrick Henry Caucus, their founders, or their purpose.
Third, Good work on your abortion bill. You saw where there were potential flaws in it, and you were willing to amend it. I am honored to have a man strong enough to propose such legislation, but humble enough to make it good legislation representing me at the State level.
Fourth, and this should probably first on the list. Thanks for supporting no tax increase this year. I know that it can be tough. But I believe that it can be done. My family has had to learn to live on less over the years, and I know that the State can too. Gov. Herbert has my support in his efforts to not raise taxes.
One tax that I am specifically against, and one that is getting a lot of media attentions is the Tobacco Tax. It is a terrible tax, and we should not push it. When you look at the supposed 80% of Utahns who support it, you should also note that a large part of that 80% also said in the same survey that that don’t support a tax increase. Which means, that they don’t mind a tax increase as long as someone else is paying it.
I don’t need to tell you this, because you won’t support it. But I don’t support any tax increase, whether it is on tobacco or anything.
Thanks Carl. And can you please thank that dear wife of yours. I know that she make many sacrifices so that we can have such great representation.
Keep up the good fight.