September 11th is especially meaningful this year, marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. That ominous morning will forever be etched into the memories of Americans everywhere. As thousands of people rushed out of the Twin Towers, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and other first responders rushed in to help those in need. The heroism and bravery of our first responders, both then and now, inspires me.
I want to know, who in your life inspires you?
Help me recognize those who serve our communities—Ute fan and Cougar fan alike—and nominate them to enjoy a special Rivalry Game opportunity to be honored at a pre-game event on September 11th in Provo. During that event, your nominee and their guest will join me at Patti and LaVell Edwards’ home, where they’ll hang out with my family, meet legendary Utah former head coach Ron McBride and his wife Vicky, and enjoy Patti’s famous “game day stew.”
Winning nominees will receive special BYU or Utah swag, see football memorabilia up close and personal, and enjoy two tickets to the Rivalry Game!
So how do you nominate your heroes? It’s easy, visit our website, fill out the form, and encourage your friends and family to come to the site and vote for their favorite hero! Voting will end and winners will be contacted on September 8th.
The five Ute fans and five Cougar fans receiving the most votes will be invited to bring a friend as they are honored at this special Sept. 11th event. Nominate today and vote often!
I want to take a deeper dive into one of the most critical and timely issues of this senate race: affordable housing.
Utah is in a housing crisis. By 2050, our population in the state is expected to double, and already in 2021, median Utah households are blocked out of the market by rising home purchase prices. Housing has been a top priority issue for Utahns for the past 20 years and Utahns of all stripes are understandably concerned about rising rents and the rising prices of homes, and the problem is getting worse as our inventory of affordable homes isn’t growing fast enough to keep pace with population growth.
There is currently a 54,000 unit shortage in affordable homes in Utah. Closing the housing gap is essential for safeguarding our state’s economic prosperity. Housing instability makes it hard for individuals to find and keep a job, access health care, stay in school, afford nutritious food and transportation to get to school and work. Housing stability, on the other hand, grows strength, stability and self-reliance - improving health, education and career outcomes to benefit the entire community along the way.
The housing crisis impacts all industries, and we need to increase affordable housing options to build a strong employment ecosystem so that businesses can attract and retain employees. Just this week, I was proud to participate in the Utah Housing Matters Conference where I discussed these very issues with key stakeholders across industry, government, and nonprofits. Attainable housing for our workforce is one of the key ways to keep our economy vibrant, and I’m encouraged to see more ideas being generated to tackle this issue. But there are other solutions to consider.
We need better solutions that:
Ensure that available funding and tax credits go where the needs are greatest and address these problems in the most efficient and cost effective ways.
Support local solutions that remove barriers and increase options.
Make coordinated plans for current and future growth that include housing and transit.
Prioritize housing as a key factor at the federal level in safeguarding our state’s economic prosperity.
I’m confident that if we continue building on ideas and working across the aisle, we can have real solutions that have a lasting and positive impact on our communities. Let’s close this housing shortage and plan for our future.
What thoughts do you have? How can we improve opportunities and access for homeownership in our great state?
It's already time for Midway's annual Swiss Days celebration! This year, I'll be joining the parade on Saturday, Sept. 4th at 10:00 a.m. in historic downtown Midway. Come line the parade route and cheer for better leadership! If you want to volunteer to walk the parade route with us, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you all the details.
In addition, I'll be participating in the Park City Miner's Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 6th. We would love to have you there supporting the team and meeting other members of #TeamBecky!
In addition to nominating your heroes or attending a parade, please consider making a donation of $2, $22, $220, or $2220 to help us continue spreading the message of better leadership, better politics, and better solutions for Utahns.
Thank you all for your support and I’ll see you on the campaign trail!