A - Accountability of Elected Officials & the Proper Role of Government
B - Ballooning Budgets or Conservative Balanced Budget - conservative budget base without burdening taxpayers
C - Conflicts of Interest in Utah 'DOES NOT EXIST Here' !?!? … – Oh Yeah!!
Campaign Finance Cap - 2x annual salary of office you are running for
D - Defending the Right ! - Our Federal Nullification Plan (Fed Ed Dept, FS, BLM, NSA, etc.,…)
E - Economic Development without massive tax give-aways
Education Solution (K-12 Public Ed & Higher Ed & State School Bd. reorg.) - paying K-12 teachers at least National Median, eliminate State Charter School Board & Superintendent as Extra-Constitutional
Election Law Enforcement, Campaign Abuses to stop! & Election Interferance Intervention
ETHICS in Utah – work needs to be done defining Conflicts of Interest for Legislators, Commissioners, and ALL elected officers
Elimination of Excise/Sales Taxes (esp. Food Tax), Big Income Tax Cuts, huge Property Tax cuts, et al; getting OUT of the current 'Tax and Spend' box
F - Federal Overreach's Solution is Nullification for Lands, and Agencies like BLM, DHS, ICE, et al
G - Gun Rights in Utah & re-forming the Utah Militia per Utah's Constitution - we believe in the FULL Second Amendment not just the last few words.
GRAMA –return to a National Model from a 21st Century 'Platypus'
GOP-centric elected officials in Utah have literally harmed this state
Government Over-Reach version 2019-2020 [Utah's response to the Covid Crisis ... for example, violated the First Amendment (freedom of assembly, freedom of religion [the right to worship] and Fifth Amendment's right about taking property without due process [e.g. shutting down our businesses, and taking away our liveilhoods!] Little things like that ... there is no exception in the Constitution for any 'emergencies' !!]
H - HARM done by Utah’s GOP RINO 'Red Coats'
Housekeeping and sun-setting a bunch of old laws
I - Independent and Unaffiliated Voters have a Home in the IAP
Infrastructure in Utah – UDOT, Bridges, UTA, Hwys & Gas Tax (see separate page link at bottom of this page)
Integrity grade of Utah is a D- (2015) down from a D (2012) & Cato Institute gave Utah another D for "Ballooning Budgets, Raising Taxes, the size of State Government."
Inland Port is Unconstitutional, overly expensive & Why !! And now they want to put one in every county in the state? We can't afford that level of 'pork-barrel' EXPENSIVE projects
L - Lobbyists and the Pay-to-Play mentality in Utah State Government – putting real teeth into Lobbyist laws
M - Miscellaneous Issues and Constitutional Solutions
O - Outlawing certain improper business practices and certain cartels
P - Proctor Plan, 'new' revenue streams to replace certain state taxes and more ideas on alternate revenue streams to replace taxes
Prison Relocation Boondoggle (!!) vs Prison regional-ization
T - True Tax Reform not 'Modernization' (Tax increase disguised as a supposed tax cut!) - e.g., eliminate the Food Tax entirely and quickly!
U - Unconstitutional actions of the Legislature (e.g, calling themselves into session violates separation of power per the check & balance principle, etc. - Thank you Greg Hughes!! and more)
Utah's Air & Water Quality (see separate page link at bottom of this page)
It took a "Special Session" (Dec 12, 2019) to get this piece of legislation onto the Governor's desk (at a cost of $30,000!!)
BUT what did it actually do??
1) it increased the tax on Food from 1.45% to the full 6% sales tax
2) Several 'services' were added to the rolls of sales tax collectors (raising taxes) - newspapers, building trades, HVAC, contracts for lots of others!
3) helped make gasoline more than $3 a gallon by increasing the fuel tax (to 45 cents), yet AGAIN!
4) AND, it tired to cut Education out of the Constitutionally mandated Income Tax total - instead tying it to whatever the Legislature wants to give it of the Sale Tax revenue and they have such a stellar record in keeping their promises to eductions ... NOT! (but it will take a Constitutional Amendment to amend the state constitution ... I for one will be voting AGAINST IT !!)
This "Tax Modernization" was so bad that two-thirds of the state rose up and signed petitions to repeal it. AND our legislature, in their 'collective wisdom,' saw the writing on the wall and repealed the measure in the opening days of the General Session.
Our legislature and the State Administration are just plain 'STUCK' in the old "Tax & Spend" Box. They can only see Taxation as the ONLY WAY to fund the State Government. They love taxation so much they keep making more and more taxes and fees each and every session!
It may be harder to find new ways of generating revenue, but WE need to repeal some of those taxes!!
WE ARE NOT FANS OF 'TAX & SPEND'
Perhaps we can help ... we have a couple of ideas (our Proctor Plan, among them) to enable us to CUT Property Taxes, eliminate Income Taxes (you think the Federal Gov't would be interested in our solution to that one??) and all the Excise and User Fees; eliminating the onerous Food Sales Tax !
Check out our Proctor Plan for details!!!!
The reason the Response undertaken by Gov. Herbert & his Lt. Gov. 'Covid' Cox is Unconstitutional is:
- the quarantine order and mandate to limit assemblies to less than 10 violated the First Amendment of the Constitution right to "peaceful assembly;" the closure of churches violated the Freedom of Religion also found in the First Amendment; and the closure of businesses is a violation of the last part of the Fifth Amendment (where it says: "No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken ... without just compensation."). We consider both the businesses and livelihoods "deprived" the people of Utah as their "property" & their "private property" taken without either "due Process of law" or "just compensation."
ve also violated their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States AND the Constitution of the State of Utah. In addition we allege they also committed malfeasance and misfeasance in office. We believe such actions, as previously mentioned, are prima facia evidence of malfeasance (defined as the willful and intentional action that injures a party or group of people, such as Utah's populous as well as the state's economy) and misdeasance (defined as the willful inappropriate action of intentional incorrect action or action).
On March 16th the Covid Respponse began in Utah. On March 30th we wrote to Gov. Herbert and 'Covid' Cox declaring their announced 'Resonse' as Unconstitutional, as State Over-reach, thereby a violation of their oath of office and as misfeance and malfeasance.
Having violated their oath of office they are now, we believe, ineligible to hold any further office.
Our campaign has also sent another letter regarding the July 8 recommendation to issue a statewide mask mandate. We told him with 20 counties in or near a Green phase we don't see a need for the restriction, but cases are rising in SL Co, Davis, Weber, Utah, Tooele, Box Elder and San Juan Counties so mandating masks there MIGHT be looked at ... but the rest of the state does NOT need or deserve it.
Then there are the recommendations for opening schools this fall ... OMG, a modfied quarantine?? Really??
Duerden helped draft Utah's 1991-92 Model GRAMA law, which has been turned into a 21st Century 'Platypus' by our very own Utah Legislature over the past 30 years ! These same legislators have exempted themselves from the Utah Sunshine Law, Open Meeting Laws and have zero 'Conflict of Interest'! ... Oh yeah?
Back in 2011, HB477 was introduced, passed and signed into law by Gov. Herbert. This was done in three days at the end of the session.
"After a very real public outcry, Herbert called a special session to repeal the law, which exempted emails, texts, and Instant Messages from GRAMA - a move many saw would make government LESS transparent & reduce public access to legislator's records due to supposed 'privacy' issues. These texts & emails & IMs were often from phones given to the legislators by the State to do their job! Since when do elected officials, doing their job, need 'privacy?'
We propose to return Utah's GRAMA to its former glory and LEAD the Nation in Government Records Access Management, Open Transparent Government ... not only in word but in deed.
In 1991 the Utah Foundation for Open Government (UFOG) and the Utah Headliners Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) partnered to author the original GRAMA legislation. 'Covid Coxwas a board member of UFOG and met several times with the group working on the legislation. When it was passed by the 1992 Legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Norm Bangeter, Utah's GRAMA was a National Model piece of Legislation. It can be again if the people have the proper perspective, motivation and leadership - not the selfish self-serving current legislative group has used their tenure to obviscate and protect their own 'assets!' The ones to take this on may not be elected officials, but perhaps the SPJ and Utah Press Association can undertake a revision and present it to the Legislature ... again, . . . . . just like we did in 1991.
Sometimes you need to take a lesson from the past to learn from and how to move into a better future!
Did you realize Utah's Public Integrity grade is a D- ? In 2015 the Center for Public Integrity graded all 50 states, just as they did in 2012. Utah received a D in 2012 with four (4) F grades. But in 2015 we slipped to a D- and had seven (7) failing grades !!
On of those failing grades was for Executive Accountability - who is our state's Chief Executive? Gov. Gary Herbert ! He was our CEO for both 2012 and 2015 grades! And this stain trickles down to Mayors, Legislators and officers of the State's 'ruling Red Coats,' et al.
AND, in Oct. 2016, the CATO Institute came out and gave Utah another D for the Gov. & Legislature raising taxes, rapid budget growth & the size of Utah government.
Out of the mouth of two or more witnesses shall the truth be established.
And then there is the debt load on Utahns ... yes. even in our "oh, so very" well-managed state!
Why is Utah indebted to the tune of $45.6 Billion ($9 B of which is unfunded pension and retirement liability - and it doesn't show up on any State Balance Sheets - plus the $34.7 B in straight bond debt) that totals $12,000+ for every man, woman and child in the STATE !!
Go ahead and vote them all back in office and tell them "Thank You, may I have another!!" OR make a change and make it better NOT the same OLD THING over and over again!
Continue on into this site and check out our other issues, our experience and be sure to check out our blog, too !!
Remember, "Freedom isn't Free!" It takes reading, study and effort!
Put that effort in joining with the IAP and we can ALL make Utah a better place and a more Constitutional Government right here!
The IAP believes governments were instituted, "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," for the benefit of mankind and that men/women should be held accountable for their actions, both in making and administering laws for the good and safety of society, which is ultimately The Proper Role of Government.
The 'role of government' includes such defensive activities, as maintaining military and local police forces for protection against loss of life, loss of liberty at the hands of either foreign despots or domestic criminals, ... exercising judgement and punishment for those guilty of crimes against their fellow citizens and/or the government.
We declare that the 15 Principles of the Proper Role of Government must not be compromised to maintain a Constitutional Republic in the United States of America.
• freedom comes from governments based on moral law (1)
• proper government should protect God-given rights
(of life, liberty, and happiness - aka:property) (2, 4, 5, 6, 13)
• the Constitution is a solemn compact which all officers of government are under duty to obey (3)
• we are at war with the enemies of freedom and our God-given liberties (Communism, Socialism, etc., in whole or in part) (7, 8)
• all citizens should bear their fair share of the cost of government (9)
• we believe in honest 'Constitutional' money (gold and silver coinage) (10)
• each state is sovereign (11)
• treaties or agreements with other countries should not deprive any citizens of constitutional rights (14)
• it is a violation of the Constitution to weaken our military to the point required to protect the States and our borders from invasion (15)
Elected officials take an oath to support and defend (protect) the Constitution ... yet too many ignore the Constitution after being elected (e.g., Greg Hughes pushied for the Legislature calling itself into session, Sen. Adams pushing and passing the Inland Port legislation, Rep Steve Hanley pushing 'Red Flag Laws', etc.)
The general concept of the Proctor Plan has already been used in North Dakota for over 100 years. It is not new, it has just taken a few 'good heads' to put it together and add a couple of innovations for the benefit of the entire State.
The upside of this plan is the ability fund government outside the normal 'Tax & Spend' box our legislature (and all too many other governmental bodies) seem to be stuck within. Legislatures seem to think the only form of revenue a governmental body can rely upon is that of taxation.
Couple this with other ideas, such as Ben Franklin's Zero Tax Plan and we believe Utah can be a propserous State with significantly less taxation.
We already plan to eliminate the Food Taacx and the Exise Tax on Gasoline as early as possible. Another example of things this plan will enable is making all certified Public Education (K-12) teachers being paid at the National Median Salary, which is about $59,000 annually. Our teachers deserve t he best pay and benefits we can muster, and the National Median Salary is, we beleive, the bear minimum acceptable. ALSO, we will recommend that all certified K-12 Public Education teachers become exempt from State Income Tax, in their teaching salaries. The rational for such a special taxing class is simple "Double Taxation." Since teachers are paid from the property tax revenues, we believe taxing that revenue again as teacher's salaries is "Double Taxation."
Granted, other professions could lay the same claim, and we are already prepared for that. We would recommend First Responders (EMTs, ambulance drivers and personnel, police, UHP, shefiff and all fire personnel) are next to be designated exempt from State Income Tax for the self-same reasoning.
While Franklin's Zero Tax Plan is based on a 'land' economy, Richard Proctor also considers another alternative ("production") as the basis for the economy. With those options and the use of fractional banking standards, we all believe this Proctor Plan is a very viable alternative source of revenue in the short and long runs for the state.
With both parts of this plan, Utah could become a tax burden haven if not a TAX FREE utopia ... eventually. Starting off with fewer taxes and becoming a tax free state, with few if any tax liens, very REAL lessening of all citizen's tax burden (both corporate and individual taxes) ... all combined would be an economic Mecca for businesses (aka: Economic Development) and for citizens seeking greater tax freedom!!
Now there is a very real and reachable dream!
What 'harm?' you ask.
One of the most egregious things the GOP 'Red Coats' have done is the lovely 2019 'Tax Reform' - even if "WeThePeople" forced them to repeal it (watch carefully, it will still come as 'Tax Modernization' or some such!!)
1) it wanted to raise taxes on food, which is the MOST regressive tax on poor and fixed income seniors there is!!
2) it would have HURT all of the Rural Utah citizens and is most hurtful to the Remote Rural Utahns!!
3) it was SO full of pork this bill should be tossed out just for that fact - what does the INLAND PORT have to do with Tax Reform? There is an entire section of the bill covering
'Throughput Infasructure' -which equals the INLAND PORT!!
THEN there is that beloved INLAND PORT itself ... Who needs a 'port' 379 miles from any ocean or major waterway??
ANOTHER is the prime example of the campaign which began in 2000 with HB320 and became a "fete'a compete" in 2009 with SB187!!
HB320 (2000) wanted to abolish the Utah Public Utilities Commision's (PUC) Consumer Services Office - an office advocating to protect consumers and small businesses from unwarrented rate hikes from the Utah utility monopolies (Questar & Rocky Mtn. Power, etc.). HB320 was admittedly authored by Roland Gilcrest, chief legal counsel for Questar who is NOT an elected legislator.
One media observer stated, "One no longer needs to be elected to make laws in Utah!"
It passed and Gov. Leavitt allowed the bill to become law without his signature. A fervor was stirred up in the media across the state, so much so that in the 2001 session it was repealed.
The scene jumps to 2009 when Sen. John Valentine (R-Orem) offered SB187 moving the Consumer Services Office from the PUC to the Consumer Protection Division of the Dept. of Commerce; relegating the former utility advocates to a regulatory advisory role.
AND IT ONLY TOOK NINE (9) YEARS FOR THE UTILITY MONOPOLIES TO GET THEIR 2000 concept DELIVERED INTO LAW !
Valentine is now the chair of the Utah Tax Commission, right after securing the SB187 coup - even if he use to be a tax attorney while in the Legislature ... oh, but that isn't a Conflict of Interest, . . . or is it?
And then there is the Oakland Coal Port funding fiasco laundering CIB monies via Sen. Stuart Adams's Throughput infrastructure project (SB246 - 2016 sponsored by Sen. J. Stuart Adams, the Senate President, R-Layton) a blantantly illegal process which took a court to close down. [This idea, we suspect, lead to the stupid concept of an Inland Port ... Ask Lewiston, Idaho, how that is working for them],
DID that 'blantantly illegal' Coal Port idea lead to the concept of the Inland Port ??
a certain sitting senator from Provo 'working' as a 'lobbyist consultant' during a legislative session (isn't there a law about two years between elected office and becoming a lobbyist??)
more than one sitting legislator holding financial interest in Utah Charter Schools, some within their own Senate/House district ... but that's not a conflict of interest, or was that one, also?? Yet they still vote on PubEd AND Charter School bills, and then sponsor such bills, too! That has to be a conflict!
We The People are taking our Freedoms back!
We are un-apologetically patriotic INDEPENDENT AMERICANS !
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. THE PEOPLE themselves are its only safe depositories." - T. Jefferson
We believe that peace, prosperity and Freedom are based upon three (3) pillars: The Declaration of Independence,
and the Bill of Rights.
WE must adhere to these foundational documents and the principles espoused within them, to keep our Liberty.
THIS HAS NOT BEEN DONE FOR THE PAST 50 to 100 YEARS or more!
The Mission of the Independent Amerian Party is to promote daily respect for life, liberty and property, traditional families; individual, state and national sovereignty - with a reliance on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights - by political and educational means, and by the Hand of Providence.
The function of THIS party is to elect honest, wise and moral people who will defend the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. We do this by our PEOPL Process (People Electing Only Principled Leaders - see http://PEOPL) or "citizen government."
Our goal is to help thousands of Americans, in every county (from every party), to organize against the abuse of power by the federal and other governmental agencies through education on the Proper Role of Government and networking with other conservative groups.
The two major party leaders have abdicated their oath to defend the Constitution and protet our rights, and disaffected many of their own 'party members.'
It is the desire of the IAP to restore our Constitutional Republic, as originally intended. Recent generations have not been diligent in keeping Socialism out of America.
Our Founders did, and we can do it again; then we can again expect major miracles from the Hand of Providence.
If you want real change check out the Independent American Party of Utah at www.utahiap.com
Utah has an unfortunate history and tendency of governmental 'Pay-to-Play' tradition which is a stain on our state. Uinethical behavior cannot and should not be condoned in this state, just as seeking money to do lobbyist's (corporate) favors or to do their bidding is both immoral and ethcally challenged, if not down right criminal anywhere outside of Utah.
We perceive the main issue arises from the lose lobbying oversight and lack of lobbying law enforcemeny in the State of Utah, as well as the lack of Campaign Finance Caps and limits as well as the Conflict of Interest problem our State Legislature has endowed us with via their ignoring Conflicts of Interest accountability. In almost any other state in the nation, conducting legislative business as our Utah Legislature does, and with their lack of Conflict of Interest laws and accountability would make them all criminals!
Evidence of and examples of the 'Pay-to-Play' scenerios include:
- Our utility monopolies taking nine (9) years to get their revenge on the PUC's Consumer Services Office through the Utah Legislature and the corporate corruption it has used within the Utah Legislature
- Utah's infamous Coal Port Fiasco (from pre-2016 up to today) benefitting one-single coal supplier to the tune of $54 M of Utah Mineral Severance Tax monies via a 2020 'Enterprise Fund' money laundering scheme for a coal port in Oakland, CA
-Uintah Basin's Billion Dollar Oil Train and railroad spur concept from the CIB
-UTA's federal and state investigation of Greg Hughes and buddies 'sweetheart' deals regarding the Draper FrontRunner station
"Pay-to-Play," sometimes called "Pay-for-Play," is a phrase used for a variety of situations in which some form' of monetary or 'value' is exchanged for services or the privilege of certain activities or premium access to, say, an elected official's time and attention."
In Federal law there is a criminal conflict of interest statute (18 U.S.C., section 208) that prohibits government employees from participating personally and substantially in official matters where they have a financial interest. The spouse, minor child, general partner, and certain others are also included in this prohibition. ... Penalties are fines of up to $10,000, prison for up to two years, or both.
We would work closely with legislators to develop a Conflict of Interest statute similar to the Federal statute.
For other recommendations please see the Pay-to-Play issue paper which is part of the Blog archive.