Last continues focus on education, Lake Powell Pipeline, transparent government

HURRICANE – Rep. Brad Last has served six terms in House District 71 and hopes to continue moving forward in his areas of focus in the coming two years.

“The thing that I’ve been working on the most during my tenure in the Legislature has been education issues,” Last said.

Among his duties in the Utah State Legislature, Last is chair of the public education appropriations subcommittee. He’s said he’s currently working on some technical bills related to education funding.

“That is where most of my effort is going to be spent,” he said.

Last said most legislators specialize in a few key areas that they understand well and are particularly passionate about. For him, education has been a priority.

“So much stuff comes at you in the Legislature,” he said. “You deal with everything from nuclear waste to Medicaid expansion to education.”

Lake Powell Pipeline

Last said two issues people frequently bring against him, other legislators and the county commissioners are growth in Southern Utah and the Lake Powell Pipeline. He said he strongly supports the Lake Powell Pipeline. Nothing should be done to limit growth, he said, but growth matters should be planned out appropriately.

“In my perspective,” Last said, “Southern Utah is going to continue to grow because of all the things that make it attractive.”

He said it’s his job as a legislator to help find funding and other resources for the Lake Powell Pipeline, which includes getting help from the state in support of the project.

Daylight saving time

Among some of the issues that will come before the Legislature this year will be the question of whether to eradicate daylight saving time in Utah. Last said he would personally be in favor of it.

Aside from the option of keeping Utah’s daylight saving time observance just as it is, the two other alternatives being considered are following Arizona’s model of staying on Mountain Standard Time throughout the year, or else creating a new daylight saving time that would have Utah “springing forward” year round.

“We’ll see how that goes,” Last said.

Transparent government

Last said other areas of focus in the coming term will be helping Utah become a more business-friendly state, lowering taxes and advocating government accountability.

“Making sure government is accountable and transparent,” he said.

He said he feels he is working with a group of legislators who have common sense and credibility and who work effectively together.

“Those of us from Southern Utah, one thing I’m really proud of is we really work together and care about Southern Utah,” Last said.

For more information about Last and his stance on the issues, visit his website and Facebook page.

Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Oct. 31. The general election is Nov. 4.

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  • JJ October 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Nothing should be done to limit growth? Why not? If I wanted to live in a giant metropolis, I’d move to phoenix

    • FYI October 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      How many of you would be here if we thought that way in 1971. I’m here Let’s stop growth. Maybe we should have.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP October 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Just look who benefits when stg grows into utah’s “little las vegas”. These guys are just in love with sprawl. I didn’t move here for sprawl and smog and filth. I moved here to get away from all that. It’ll grow no matter what, but I don’t wanna pay for it in the form of that big pipe. Keep voting rupublican and keep wondering why your getting suckered every time.

  • skip2maloo October 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

    It’s gonna grow, whether you like it or not. And because you came at the “right” time, you should have the power to limit, if not stop, others who want to live here? Would you have been upset if, when you arrived, the town had met its pop limit and you had to go elsewhere? Sure, manage the growth responsibly, but ditch the entitlement attitude. The pipeline may not be the dreaded end of the world that its pitched as (by, of course, those who want to wield wears that they don’t and shouldn’t have ver others).

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP October 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    And this dude has got that snide look in his eye that says “I’m more worthy than you.” Keep voting mormon suckers.

  • Bender October 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

    At least Last is up front about who is pulling his strings – Pioneer family landowners, real estate industry and the home construction industry.

    • skip2maloo October 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      And this is unusual?? Something’s always pulling strings. What is your alternative? That the strings change to your hands?

  • Bender October 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    No Skip baby, not unusual at all for a politician to jump when the wealthy and influential tell him to. Whats your point?

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP October 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Skip, if u want a big, dirty, crime ridden city why don’t you just go there??? There’s no shortage of them. Judging by some of your other comments ,though, I think you’re a religious nutcase. cheers

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