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Published: Monday, Nov. 28 2011 5:28 p.m. MST

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Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

I think that State employees (including teachers) should receive a much-delayed pay raise.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

We've been consistently adding jobs, they've also been consistently adding taxes.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

please reduce class size in public education

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re; Uncle Gadianton | 2:42 p.m. Nov. 28, 2011

I think state taxpayers should receive a much-delayed tax decrease.

CWV1965
Taylorsville, UT

Another story being falsified, misinterpreted, and misrepresented. There is no way this kind of surplus was created by economic growth or increased jobs. Dozens of new taxes and fees have been placed on the taxpayers backs and then there is the high inflation in food, utilities, property taxes, and criminal tax burden in gas and cigarette hate taxes. Sales tax revenues skyrocket from inflation, not prosperity or growth.

We could have a billion dollar surplus if we got rid of all the fugitive illegal aliens and the welfare burden they impose on tax payers and state budgets in education, health care, welfare, and day care.

We can't forget all that law enforcement is contributing now with rampant revenue windfalls from writing many more thousands of tickets to add excessive fines to city and state budgets.

The economy and jobs is just as bad and even worse than last year so all the surplus is being generated by taxation, as the state has been dieing to do.

XelaDave
Salem, UT

Inflation- really? Please demonstrate- comments even repeated many times do not constitute evidence- also lets see a list of the raised taxes and fees- please cite sources for the billion dollars as well from illegals- making numbers up and citing talk radio is to no small extent the reason we are in the state of political turmoil we find now (just say something and keep saying it and it will become truth or at least the ignorant masses will assume it is truth)- please cite evidence not just made up numbers that support a personal political ideology- lets debate from facts not personal opinion then perhaps we can get somewhere

justamacguy
Manti, UT

So let's keep state salaries rock bottom and take away more state benefits that from employees.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

I agree with the idea of reducing class sizes. Education has taken a HUGE hit these last few years. Some of it was good in that we cut useless programs and staff at some of the schools. However, the cuts went too far these last couple of years and class sized went through the roof. I won't even get started about the pay cuts our local teachers took. I know, I know, they should be happy to have a job and I'm sure they are. However most took a pay cut while paying more for their health insurance. Time to give a break for those that stuck it out.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

@Lost & Orem Parent:

Why reduce class sizes? Isn't our goal with the education system to prepare children for college and jobs in the real world?

The only classes I had in college with less than 50 students were junior and senior level classes within my specific major. Most of my other classes were held in auditoriums with 150+ students. That's the reality of college, shouldn't primary schooling prepare kids for that?

At work I am a member of a team. The company is small but we have close to 50 employees. When we do meetings, training, etc. it's all of us in one big room. Shouldn't primary schooling prepare kids for that?

Let's face it folks, the world's population isn't getting any smaller. People need to be accustomed to being just another face in the crowd and working hard to make sure they stand out from their peers. If education is to prepare the next generation for life out in the real world large groups should be encouraged.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

Delta that is the WORST argument I have ever heard. I actually laughed out loud when I read it. I almost hesitate to respond because I can't tell if your post was serious or not.

Our goal for education isn't to have our kids sit in a classroom of 150 students. Our goal is to teach them how to read, think, do math, etc. That doesn't happen when you have 35+ kids that are only 6 years old. They need one on one time and that doesn't happen in a large class.

You know I once went to a football game that had 65,000+ people there. That is reality. Shouldn't we just put our kids into a stadium and teach them via the PA system?

Seriously thanks for the laugh. I needed that today.

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