Utah League of Cities and Towns

Making Life BETTER

Congressman Jim Matheson (D) – Congress in 2012

What do you intend to accomplish in Congress in 2012 and how will it benefit Utah’s cities and towns?

I am committed to fiscal discipline and job creation. We all agree that the federal government cannot and should not run our economy. But what we have to do is develop and support policies that encourage private sector growth and job creation. At the same time, we must act now to force the federal government to live within its means and balance its budget in order to bolster economic growth and avoid ever-growing interest payments on the debt.

Tough economic times make it difficult for cities and towns to deliver vital public services. When Utahns aren’t spending, either because they are unemployed or because they lack confidence about the future, revenues to fund municipal services decline. As Congress resumes in January, I’ll work in a bipartisan way to extend the payroll tax cut for the 2012 calendar year, so that Utahns don’t see a tax bite taken out of their paychecks.

Other initiatives that I will continue to support include opening markets to Utah products through free trade agreements, adding Utah energy jobs by increasing domestic energy production, simplifying the tax code and removing a barrier to $1 trillion in American private sector money returning to our domestic balance sheets. Finally, I’ll continue to support cutting billions of dollars of wasteful federal spending, push for spending caps and a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.