ST. GEORGE – The public is invited to join Sen. Mike Lee at Dixie State University Thursday night for a town hall-style meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the senator and ask questions.
Lee will be at the Gardner Center Ballroom on the DSU campus, 225 S. 700 East in St. George, Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. The stop at the university will cap a weeklong run of town hall meetings that have taken place statewide. Previous meetings took place in Logan, Salt Lake City and Ephraim, and a gathering in Layton Tuesday night will be primarily focused on issues facing veterans and the military.
Elected in 2010 as a tea party-favored candidate, Lee holds himself as a proponent of smaller government and decreased federal regulation. During the Utah Solutions Summit held in Salt Lake City last week, the Deseret News reported that Lee compared government regulations to a helicopter parent that cripples innovation and job growth.
Lee also recently spoke at the Reagan Ranch in an address promoting a “conservative reform agenda” similar to that of President Ronald Reagan. Like Reagan during the time before he was elected, Lee said the current political establishment has forgotten the American middle class. Reagan remembered those forgotten Americans with a conservative agenda of reform Lee credited with revitalizing the nation.
Now it is the turn of today’s conservatives to do the same thing, he said.
“So it seems to me that conservatives today need to do what Reagan did in the late 1970s: Identify the great challenges holding back America’s working families and propose concrete, innovative solutions to help overcome them,” Lee said.
Needed reforms listed by Lee relate to taxes, government regulation and the cost of higher education. Reforms in these areas and others will ultimately allow Americans to choose their own paths, rather than be at the mercy of overreaching federal policy and taxation, he said.
“(Reagan’s) agenda was designed to give ordinary Americans even more power to make those decisions,” Lee said. “He respected them and trusted them and thought the government should simply get out of the way. He knew the answer was not to get America to trust Washington; it was to get Washington to trust America.”
Lee’s speech can be read in its entirety here.
Prior to Thursday’s town hall meeting, Lee will be a featured guest speaker at a dinner hosted by the Washington County Republican Women at Best Western Abbey Inn, 1129 S. Bluff St. in St. George, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $15.
County singer Eric Dodge and John Houston and his Gospel Choir will also be featured at the dinner.
Town hall meeting
- When: Thursday, Aug. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Where: Gardner Center Ballroom, Dixie State University, 225 S. 700 East, St. George
- Admission: Free to the public
Washington County Republican Women dinner
- When: Thursday, Aug. 28, starting at 5 p.m.
- Where: Best Western Abbey Inn, 1129 S. Bluff St., St. George
- Admission: $15 per person
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