Spencer’s Vision As governor, this is what
he’ll do for Utah.
Rebuild the Economy
The past few weeks have been some of the most difficult in Utah history. We have all worried about our families and our neighbors. We've worried about the future.
Spencer Cox is running for Governor because he believes Utah's best days are ahead of us. And having served as Lieutenant Governor during the most prosperous decade in our state's history, he knows firsthand what it takes to build a strong, vibrant economy in the wake of economic disaster. He's confident that with your support, we can do it again. …
Transform Our Education System
The Utah State Constitution guarantees the right to a quality education for all Utah children, regardless of their zip code. Today, the lowest income school districts in Utah pay higher taxes while receiving less than half the funding per student as compared to the wealthiest school districts in the state. That disparity means fewer resources and less opportunity for children in low income areas. That needs to change.
While state funding is equitably distributed to every school, local funding based on …
Stand by our 2nd Amendment rights
As a lifelong gun owner, Spencer believes the 2nd Amendment is a constitutional right designed to recognize and protect an individual’s pre-existing right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
Spencer believes the Utah Constitution gets it just right: “The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the Legislature from defining the …
Restore Utah’s Values of Civility and Service
Politics is fundamentally broken in our country. It’s turned into a competition to tear people down instead of an opportunity to bridge differences and bring people together.
In Utah, our willingness to help our neighbors and collaborate to solve problems makes us unique in this increasingly toxic environment of tribalism. We have the potential to show the rest of the country how to treat one another, reach consensus on difficult issues and build thriving communities.
As governor, Spencer will also continue …
Defend the Constitution
The U.S. Constitution is an inspired document, and the bedrock of our independence and liberty. It guarantees our freedoms and has inspired millions around the world while helping create the most prosperous and successful nation in history.
Spencer is a firm believer in constitutional principles and in the importance of adhering to this sacred document. As governor, he will proudly take the oath of office to support and defend both the Constitution of the United States and the Utah Constitution and will …
Support and Strengthen Utah’s Families
The family is the foundation of American society. Parents—not governments—have the most direct and immediate influence on a child’s health, education and welfare. Our communities, schools, government and society will never succeed if we don’t have strong and vibrant families.
Spencer believes government policies should support and strengthen the family unit. No government program, no amount of public spending, no social intervention can completely offset a failed or broken home.
Return Power to State Governments
The Framers of the U.S. Constitution designed a government system that divided power between the national and state governments. This had the express purpose of preserving the liberty of individuals. Spencer agrees with James Madison that the responsibilities and powers of the federal government were to be few and defined, while the powers and responsibilities of states were numerous and indefinite.
Unfortunately, over time the balance of power between the states and the federal government has become …
Make Corporate Tax Incentives Work Harder for Us
Spencer believes free market capitalism has done more to eradicate real poverty than any other socioeconomic system in the history of the world. Conversely, tax incentives to lure corporate investment inherently changes the playing field in free markets and can lead to governments—not markets—picking winners and losers.
Ideally, states would compete solely on the basis of their workforce, infrastructure, tax/regulatory policies and cost of doing business. But as long as other states continue to offer …
Create the Right Kinds of Jobs
Having run a private telecommunications business, Spencer knows that government doesn’t create jobs. But it can help foster an environment where businesses and individuals can create, compete and succeed. High taxes, regulations and a misaligned education system hinders growth and job creation.
Spencer has played a leading role in Utah’s decade-long record-setting growth and prosperity. Utah has added more than 250,000 jobs during his tenure as Lt. Governor. Spencer knows that a prosperous economy will …
Manage Utah’s Public Lands Fairly
From red rock country to the canyons of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah is blessed with some of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. We’re proud of our natural resources and should continue to be the premier recreation destination for people around the globe. Public lands are central to what makes Utah different, and they’re a big part of what makes us great.
As someone who lives and farms just outside federal land, Spencer knows that Utahns love and appreciate their public lands more than anyone …
Protect the Right to life
Spencer opposes abortion, allowing only rare exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother. There are hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in our country every year. Spencer has always tried to be a voice for the most vulnerable in our society, those facing intergenerational poverty, refugees, the LGBTQ community, our multicultural communities—and yes, the unborn.
Spencer also believes that the Republican party should do more to support single mothers, pregnant women and children facing poverty …
Give Rural Utah a Voice
Spencer isn’t one of those statewide politicians who pay lip service to rural Utahns. He is a rural Utahn. His family has lived and farmed in Sanpete County for six generations. In fact, when Governor Herbert asked Spencer to be his lieutenant governor six years ago, he accepted only if he could continue to live in Fairview—commuting 200 miles almost every day to serve the state.
So, no one understands better the need to bring the same level of prosperity the Wasatch Front has experienced to the rest of the …
Make our state work better for taxpayers
Spencer is a fiscal conservative who knows Utah can’t tax its way to prosperity. Taxes need to be as low as possible to fund the services needed for a dynamic, caring and prosperous society. We need to redesign our state tax code with an emphasis on reducing complexity—and avoid picking winners and losers. As governor, Spencer will push for a limited but effective government that spends wisely and avoids overreaching and wasteful spending.
Over the last ten years, Utah has reduced the size of government …