Making affordable housing a reality

This week, we've been focusing on housing, one of the core issues of this campaign. Home ownership is essential to the American Dream of many Utahns, but rising rents and stagnant wages have made home ownership a near-impossible goal for many working families.

In the Utah legislature, I plan to commit to principles of smart growth, fight for better wages and increased opportunities, support incentives for creating of options that are accessible to low-income renters -- including Rep Joel K Briscoe's proposed bonds for affordable housing -- and advocate for programs like statewide down payment assistance. Every Utahn should have the opportunity to live in whatever way they choose, and nobody should be priced out of the safety and security of home ownership.

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