Sunday, April 23, 2017

Voting Ratings for 2017

Note: I was not in the legislature in 2017.  (I will be running in 2018 and hope to be back in 2019)

 Below is what I posted a year ago. As the ratings/rankings come in for 2017 for my current representative, I will be posting them below. See the bottom of this post for additional links. 

Winder 2017 Votes for the General Session are at:
Unlike what I have always done, there are no public postings yet for all votes together, but you can look up each bill vote at le.utah.gov

Cox 2016 Votes for the General Session are at:
 http://www.fredcox4utah.com/2016GenSessionVotes.pdf 
(2011, 2012, 2015 votes are also shown on this blog. Look in March of each year)

Winder 2017 Utah Grassroots, 38%, tied for 39 of 75, Average House 44%)
Winder: 38% lifetime average.
http://www.utahgrassroots.org/annual/

Cox: 2016 Utah Grassroots, 57%, tied for 11th of 75, (Average House 36%)
Cox: 69% lifetime average. 
http://www.utahgrassroots.org/annual/2016/index.html
http://www.utahgrassroots.org/annual/2016/GrassRoots2016.pdf

Winder: Libertas 2016, 59% rating.  
 http://libertasutah.org/resources/legislator-indexes/the-2017-libertas-legislator-index/
 Cox: Libertas 2016 Defenders of Liberty Award, 94% rating.   

Winder 2017 Floor Voting Attendance 14 missed of 727 votes. 1.93%
http://adambrown.info/p/research/utah_legislature/absent?year=2017
Cox 2016 Floor Voting Attendance 2 missed of 657 votes. 0.30%


Winder: 2017 Utah Taxpayers Association, 83.3% rating, tied for 33rd place
http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/?p=7992
 http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Scorecard-Final.pdf

Cox: 2016 Utah Taxpayers Association, 100% rating, tied for 1st place
http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/?p=7594

Winder: 2017 Heal Utah, 100%, A rating
http://www.healutah.org/2017-legislative-grades/

Cox: 2016 Heal Utah, 92%, A- rating
http://www.healutah.org/2016grades/ 

Winder: 2017 AFP-Utah, 84.48%, B rating, #38 in the House
https://utahscorecard.com/
https://utahscorecard.com/results/?leg[]=UTL000295&dist=30 
(no 2016 rating)

Winder: 2016 UEA, 78% rating,
http://www.myuea.org/issues_action/uea_under_the_dome/legislative_voting_records.aspx 
http://www.myuea.org/sites/utahedu/Uploads/files/Politics/2017%20Under%20the%20Dome/2017-HouseVotingRecords.pdf
Cox: 2016 UEA, 50% rating, 
http://www.myuea.org/issues_action/uea_under_the_dome/legislative_voting_records.aspx
http://www.myuea.org/sites/utahedu/Uploads/files/Politics/2016%20Under%20the%20Dome/2016-HouseVotingRecords.pdf
Winder Number of "No" Votes on the Floor, 28 votes or 3.9% #63 in the House (2017)
Cox: Number of "No" Votes on the Floor, 61 votes or 9.3%  #19 in the House (2016)
http://adambrown.info/p/research/utah_legislature/nay?year=2016

Winder: Party Line Voting 79.6%, 66th in the House (2017)
Cox: Party Line Voting 70% 68th in the House (2016)
http://adambrown.info/p/research/utah_legislature/party_support


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These I am still looking up or they haven't been released


Cox: 2016 Salt Lake Chamber Business Champion, 89% rating
http://slchamber.com/2016-business-champions/


Cox: 2016 Sutherland Institute Legislative Scorecard, 94% rating.
http://sutherlandinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-legislator-scorecard-f.pdf


Cox: Utah School Board Association, 75% rating
http://usba.cc/
12 of 16 votes matching USBA stand on several bills.

Cox: UACC, 62% rating, tied for 12th of 75
http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kOCUhwFq2DX9ZJY49Jq9ieZ56YQ1RHOIPR9Qjk3-kM8/edit#gid=0


Cox: 2016 Utah CLI Index 70% rating. 
http://utleg.blogspot.com/

Cox: Utah Chapter, Sierra Club, 50% rating 
https://utah.sierraclub.org/content/utah-legislative-scorecard 

Links for Cox, 2016 Ratings/Rankings:
http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2016/03/rep-fred-cox-voting-ratings-for-2016_12.html



For 2015 Session Ratings/Rankings and votes for previous years, see:
http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2015/03/rep-fred-cox-voting-ratings-for-2015.html

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Utah Republican Women's Liberty Caucus Q and A

The Utah Republican Women's Liberty Caucus Q and A
What is the proper role of government?
We specifically limited Government by the US and Utah Constitutions, but there are obvious areas where we need Government. Driving from our home to downtown, wouldn't happen without it. It has to provide basic infrastructure. There needs to be basic security. We have the option of deciding we do or we do not want something, such as a county theater in Taylorsville, or proving basic safety and having enough jail cells available vs a "catch and release" policy. We get to decide and we may not all agree. That is OK.
How do you plan to help candidates?
Candidates need some money and lots of volunteers. Over the years, I have primarily helped by volunteering. The Party organization should be a great source of volunteers and has been in the past, but not as much recently. That needs to change.
What are you going to do to improve the caucus registration and check in system? (Some people believe it takes too long. Many people have to re-register to vote, even if they have already recently registered?)
The Counties and the State Party have not been cooperating re: data. Salt Lake County tried something in 2016 that simply didn't work. I still do not have a list of the attendees for my district.
I was very involved when the SCC set up pre-registration for caucus night, along with Same Day Ballots for Fire Fighters, Police, Mom's with Sick Kids, etc. We can use simple methods and not a one size fits all method.
How can we ensure that party election results are more accurate and mistakes are avoided?
Mistakes can easily be avoided when we make counting simple. I was 2 votes shy of getting out of convention last year for the Utah Legislature Primary, but everyone knew the results at the same time as they were counted in front of us. We were able to find the "extra" delegate prior to the voting and remove their ballot, by simply counting off prior to voting. Jake Parkinson ran my House District election. It worked for 70 delegates. We make things too complicated when we don't have to.
How do you plan to protect the privacy of voting registration records and personally identifiable information?
There has to be a balance between getting information to voters and protecting privacy. Changes have been made in the last few years.
What does party loyalty mean to you?
Party loyalty is based on good principles and should not void voting our conscience. Normally I get to the bottom of the ballot and had voted for all R's, but sometimes a D. This was the first year I had to go for write-ins, unaffiliated candidates, and 3rd party as well as D's to fill up my ballot. Yes, the majority of my votes were for Republicans, but I was not impressed with some of the options. 
I voted for or against thousands of bills for 4 legislative sessions. I didn't vote yes or no because of the sponsor or their party.
Do you support the caucus system? 
Yes. I have been on the front lines for several years for fighting to protect it.
For more info:
Do you support SB54 in its current legal form?
2014 SB 54 was a bad bill to start with. I was not in the Utah Legislature the year it passed but spoke against it for months prior to passage.
Was the original version of SB114 an acceptable solution to the perceived problems with SB54? 
No! 2017 SB 114 sailed through the Senate and was scheduled to be voted on a Monday morning prior to my writing the House Committee Sunday night. It was off the agenda within hours.
Some problems of the bill passed by the Senate I sent to the House Committee: Under SB 114, the filing deadline will move from March, a week after the end of the legislative session to the 5th working day of January. Obviously there are pros and cons to this change. I believe there will be a public backlash about the change of the filing deadline. It takes away any accountability from the legislature. If members of the House voted to do one thing and the voters didn't like it, the deadline to file to run as a candidate against an officeholder has passed and you will see voters cry foul. Perhaps that is the intent.
No Majority winner. 35% ?  The whole point in dealing with plurality is to get a majority winner that a party could stand behind. This doesn't do that.
Do you believe that the lawsuit should continue until SB54 is repealed in its entirety?
The lawsuit has caused heartburn for those wanting to raise money for the party, but most of that money has been spent and pulling out now would leave us in a worse position. Having an outside group deal with any more costs helps. People forget that one of the main pieces of SB 54 was struck down by the Court and has been repealed. Others are still in the process.
Do you support Our Schools Now?
No. A 17.5% income tax increase is not the answer, especially when there is no limit to what is spent on Higher Education which can be spent by the same Education Fund. If the Legislature doesn't fund Higher Education to the level the Regents want, (and put some more back for K-12 Public Education), the Regents simply raise tuition and blame the legislature. That must change. We also do not spend all the $4.84 Billion in the best way, with much of it not getting to the classroom.
If you have held this (or another) party office in the past, how was your meeting attendance and did you help with the party work?
I have been a member of the SCC since 2011 and have had perfect attendance since 2010. I also have one of the best attendance records for the Utah Legislature in the years I served.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee

Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee

Salt Lake County Delegates:

Thank you for being involved to help the Salt Lake County Republican Party. Thank You for your willingness to come to the County Party Convention next weekend.
 
There is Meet the Candidate Night Friday, April 21 from 7pm to 9pm at Cottonwood High School, 5715 S 1300 E, Murray, UT 84121.
 
The Convention is also at 5715 S 1300 E, Murray, UT 84121, Saturday April 22 from 10am until we are done. Check in starts at 8am.I would suggest coming at least by then.
 
The north main entrance doors are closer to the auditorium. Most of the candidates will be meeting in the gym, which is visible from there.

Come and Vote. At stake is our County Party Officers, plus 29 of 180 members of the Utah Republican State Central Committee.

You can learn about them here

and here

Don't worry about any one "Slate" of candidates. There could be several "Slates of candidates". There are at least 45 candidates for the 29 SCC spots to represent our county. Some of the best candidates never make it to any "Slate".

You don't have to vote for all 29 spots, just don't vote for more than the elections chair tells you.

I started attending the SCC meetings in 2010, even before I was elected. Periodically one group tries to run over another group. It isn't always pretty. This year one group that tried to run over another group, and found they didn't quite have the votes, is trying this year to stack the SCC with people that do not fully support our neighborhood election caucus system. You will not be able to tell by their Slate, as they will put some people from the "other side" on the Slate. You are better off to do your own research and consider all information from all sources.

We need to stop trying to bulldoze over people that don't agree with us on one issue and work on the issues we do agree on. We can agree to disagree.

Why vote for Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee?

I am a current member of the Utah Republican State Central Committee representing Salt Lake County and a former member of the Utah House of Representatives.

I am an active defender of the Neighborhood Caucus Election and Convention System, with knowledge of both the state and county documents along with state election laws. 

I have not missed any of the state central committee meetings (since 2010) and am not afraid to stand up and be heard.   
 
Vote Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee, to represent you, Salt Lake County, to help strengthen the State Republican Party. 
We agree on many things and should work on those areas first. We don't need one faction of the party running over another. We should work together. 


ABOUT FRED C. COX
Fred served as a member of the Utah State House of Representatives for 2015 and 2016 representing almost 1/3 of
West Valley City residents. He also served in the Utah State House for 2011 and 2012. A Utah native, and a lifelong resident of Salt Lake County, Fred graduated from Highland High School, studied at the University of Utah, graduating from what is now called Salt Lake Community College in Architectural Technology. A licensed Utah Architect, Fred started his own architectural firm in 1996, working and living in West Valley City. Fred and his wife Aleta have lived in West Valley City for over 29 years.

Fred specializes in Social Media, using Facebook, Twitter, etc., and online commenting to promote good news to a wider audience, or reduce the impact of negative news.

GOVERNMENT, POLITICAL
AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Utah State House of Representatives, January 2015 through December 2016.
Utah State House of Representatives, January 2011 through December 2012.

• Utah Republican State Central Committee, 2011 to present.
• Utah Republican State Delegate 2002-2003, 2005 to2012, 2013, 2015 to 2016.
Salt Lake County Republican Delegate, 2010-2012, 2014 to 2016.
Salt Lake County Republican Bylaws Committee,  2013 to present.
Salt Lake County Republican Central Committee, 2010-2012, 2014 to 2016.
• Salt Lake County Republican Legislative District Chair, August 2010 to January 2011.

• Valley West Rotary Club, Charter  member, 2014 to present, Currently: President Elect Nominee
• ChamberWest Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2007 through 2016
• Western Growth Coalition, 2010 to present.

AIA Utah, Government Affairs Committee, January 2008 to January 2011 and January 2013 to present.

Utah Child Care Center Licensing Committee, 2014. Appointed by Gov. Herbert, confirmed by the Utah Senate

• Campaign Volunteer and/or Consultant for many Federal, State and Local candidates.

• Church Based community service

ADDITIONAL
AFFILIATIONS
• Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout
• Member of the American Institute of Architects since 1991
• Charter Member of Valley West Rotary Club since 2014
Utah Legislature Clean Air Caucus, 2015, 2016

AWARDS
AND RECOGNITIONS
• For 2015 and 2016, 100% rating from the Utah Taxpayers Association for voting against tax increases and looking out for the taxpayers.
Salt Lake Chamber 2012, 2015 and 2016 Business Champion award for working to help Utah businesses grow.
Libertas 2016 Defenders of Liberty Award,

EDUCATION
• 1984-1985 Associate of Applied Science, Architectural Technology,
Utah Technical College
  (now Salt Lake Community College).
• 1979,80,82-84 Studies in Computer Science, Architecture,
University of Utah

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Salt Lake County Homeless Shelter

I hope the Governor vetoes H.B. 441 Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative Amendments unless Mayor McAdams does what he should have done in the first place: Contact all 17 cities and ask them for the location of the "best" site, IF their city is chosen for the men's only homeless shelter.

The 3 proposed locations in West Valley City are some of the worst places one could go. Mayor McAdams didn't even bother to involve West Valley City officials prior to the selection. West Valley City has tried to decrease homeless population along the Jordan River for years, and two of the proposed locations in the city are right there.

We have 17 cities in the County. We should have 17 locations on the short list and not 2 cities. The process shouldn't be NIMBY, but this has been mishandled.

[Update]
Feedback (tell the committee what you think of the process or location):
https://www.homelessfacilitysite.org/public-feedback/

Meetings (find out more and tell the committee what you think of the process or location):
[Update] New Open House Added:
Open House Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City 
Tuesday, March 21 6-8 p.m.

Committee and members:
http://slco.org/homeless-services/collective-impact-steering-committee/

Homeless Resource Center:
https://www.homelessfacilitysite.org/homeless-resource-center/

Local city leaders brace for a homeless shelter they’re powerless to stop
http://www.sltrib.com/home/5031920-155/local-city-leaders-brace-for-a?fullpage=1

 New shelter to be in West Valley or South Salt Lake —
cities already bearing plenty of state burdens, residents say

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5040923-155/new-shelter-to-be-in-west

Perhaps No City wants the shelter, but if all cities in the county were asked where one could go in their city, at least it wouldn't be located in the worst place it could go. 

In the legislative standing committee meeting, Mayor McAdams said he would put forward 5 locations for public comment but that those locations were not the only options and other locations would be considered and perhaps selected.

Legislative hearings/debates/public meetings:

House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Standing Committee  March 6, 2017
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21529&meta_id=692530

House Floor Debate, March 6, 2017
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21553&meta_id=692394

Senate Floor Debate, March 8, 2017
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21566&meta_id=694427

Senate Floor Debate, March 8, 2017 (2)
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21566&meta_id=694464


Other audio and video is at: 
http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/HB0441.html

Update:

We need to come up with the best sites, as it is clear the Mayor's committee didn't. It can't be Not In Our Backyard, it needs to be why a site is not a good location or why it doesn't meet their own criteria and we need to come up with a better choice. It is clear anywhere in the County (except SLC) is still on the table for the 3rd location shelter, if a better location is found.

Three of the sites are near the Jordan River, which the county and city have tried to make a regional asset and move the homeless population away from that.

The 2411 Winston St. Location is near a trax location, but is almost one mile to the Rancho Markets grocery store. The site is also too close to the Jordan River and will send foot traffic though the oldest section of Chesterfield neighborhood which is not able to support that kind of burden.

The 2249 Winston Street location is a little further from the same trax location, further to the Rancho Markets grocery store, just as close to Jordan River, and is apt to put foot traffic though the newest section of Chesterfield neighborhood.

The 1820 Printers Row, location is almost a mile from a trax station to the south. That trax location is a little closer than the trax station to the east on Winston St. Foot traffic between the trax station south of Printers Row, on Redwood Road takes foot traffic past Rancho Markets and also Redwood Elementary School

Am I missing a closer Grocery Store to these locations? I am familiar with the Rancho Markets location on 2470 S Redwood Road at the Latino Mall as I did the drawings for the mall and addition for the store.

3091 Main Street is closer to the Millcreek Station trax than the Printers Row location is to one, and the Salt Lake China Town grocery Store is not too far from the path between them. Is there a closer grocery store location? (yes, I did the drawings for the gate, the east building, gift store and restaurant for this project).

1144 West 3300 South is right next to the Jordan River, in the location West Valley has been working to remove the tents, waste and trash near the city's cultural center. It might as well be in West Valley City as well. It appears to be the worst location of the 5. It is the furthest from a grocery store, as far as I know, the closest one is the Kim Long Market on Redwood and 3500 S.

It appears 3 of the 5 are too close to the Jordan River and Printers Row location is too close to Redwood Elementary. That leaves 3091 S. Main Street out of the 5. I hope they have some better locations show up this week.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Keep it in Draper would have saved taxpayers $100 Million or more

In 2015, I made some "startling claims".

First, I stated that there was enough room at the current Draper Prison location to rebuild the prison, even if the state wanted a brand new 4,000 bed prison.

http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-to-keep-prison-in-draper-utah.html

Second, I stated it would save the tax payers $100 Million or more to "Keep it in Draper".

http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2015/08/utah-prison-moving-it-or-not-to-salt.html

and from this:
http://www.sltrib.com/home/2856875-155/legislature-oks-prison-move-to-salt

"Rep. Fred Cox, R-West Valley City, pushed the Legislature to reject the unanimous recommendation of the Prison Relocation Commission to build in Salt Lake City. He also didn't want it moved to the other potential locations in Grantsville, Eagle Mountain and Fairfield. Instead, Cox argued it is not only feasible to rebuild the prison where it is in Draper, but it would save as much as $100 million. "I still believe the Draper site is the best location," he said."

Now that the dust has settled from the 2015 legislative votes, what has happened?


For the land area, I was told they needed 500 acres. I said there was enough land in Draper that was vacant and even if they did need 500 acres, it could be phased and would still fit as there were around 680 acres the state owned at the Draper Prison site.

The "experts" claimed they couldn't build at the Draper Prison for security reasons, even though they didn't have any issues with expanding the Gunnison Prison while it is occupied. "That is outside the security fence", I was told. I reminded them I worked on the site plan drawings for the original Gunnison Prison and I was aware of that.  I also told them they could build at Draper out side the security fence and even proposed a construction access point that would not create a security problem.

Again, I am not an expert on prisons. I served as a volunteer at the Draper Prison for 2 years. many years ago I worked on the construction drawings for the Gunnison Prison, including the site and floor plans and also the site and other drawings for Oxbow in South Salt Lake, plus site master plans for several proposed prison locations around the county, while working for a local firm. I have spent 30 years designing sites for commercial shopping centers and other commercial sites. 

I was told I didn't know what I was talking about. I have been proven right on all accounts.

Later, when the "real" consultants were hired, instead of the "experts" from New Jersey and Texas, the state decided they only needed 323 acres west of the Salt Lake Airport and it would have plenty of room to expand.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865662856/Potential-expansion-already-a-question-as-new-prison-moves-forward.html

http://fox13now.com/2016/11/04/utah-spends-12-4-million-for-323-acres-to-build-new-state-prison/


Now that they are adding up the cost of the west of the Salt Lake City Airport location, they now need $100 Million more from taxpayers.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5022806-155/lawmakers-quickly-draft-pass-bill-for

So the $80 Million in cash plus $470 Million in Bonds for the Prison has now increased to $570 Million in bonds plus the $80 Million in cash.

Wow! Who could have seen this coming?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Do Not raise the tax on food

The number of people that are just getting by, without help, where food is the last thing on their budget, is too many. If raising the food tax increases the number of families needing outside help, including from taxpayers, it is the wrong thing to do. I fought this in 2011 (and since) and I hope it fails to pass this year. Go to the store even once and realize the $3 you have isn't enough to buy that can of chicken with the sales tax and you would not be in favor of adding back the full tax on food.

There are $3/4 B in other tax credits or reductions. Yes, something needs to change, but not starting there. 

Does the earned income tax credit help struggling seniors on a fixed income?

It has always made sense for a stable revenue for government to have a higher tax on food. However many people don't have a stable revenue to buy food. The reduced tax on food isn't going to make it easier to balance the state government budget but it does help the budgets of voters.

Some great articles on the subject:

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/4955832-155/holly-richardson-adding-sales-tax-on

Former State Rep. Holly Richardson:
"This year, it's straight-out a "revenue enhancement" or a tax increase called by another name.

"Here's the deal. It is only revenue-neutral to the state. It is not revenue neutral to people.

"Adding the tax back on food is regressive, meaning there is an inverse relationship between the tax rate and the taxable income. Clearly, the food tax negatively impacts families at the lower end of the income scale because — as is frequently noted — everyone needs to eat. An increase in the food tax balances the budget on the backs of Utah's working poor. The Legislature needs to look for others options."

 http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/sltrib/opinion/55373048-82/tax-taxes-sales-education.html.csp 

Former State Rep. Jim Nielson 
"Sure, that makes things stable for state government. Downright convenient, in fact. But a boon for the government can be a bane to taxpayers."

"To have stable sales tax revenues during economic downturns means the government takes more from taxpayers in bad times, regardless of our diminished ability to pay. We're asked to keep paying, even when we can't. Which begs this question: Just who do we as lawmakers represent, the government or taxpayers?"

Friday, February 3, 2017

Convention of the States

Convention of the States, or in some cases referred to the Con Con is the 2nd way in the Constitution that allows our US Constitution to be modified.

Article V
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

The first problem is we haven't done this since we created our constitution in Sep. 17, 1787.  The last time we had a convention of the states we got a new US Constitution.

The 2nd problem is that the State Legislatures Tell Congress to call a convention. Congress fully believes based on our Constitution that they get to set the mode of ratification, the rules, etc.

In 2015 and 2016, I actively fought these resolutions, because they are binding on the state, and I don't trust the people in Washington DC to improve our constitution, even if the states have to agree with the changes. We have had one or more of these Convention resolutions  pass, but I helped kill others of them in the House Judiciary and so they didn't even get sent to that committee.

Is the Federal Government out of control based on the US Constitution, yes. Is this the way to fix it, putting our whole US Constitution at stake to be re-written, No!