IF the legislature would properly fund education in this state then we would all
agree with this article. The truth is someone has to manage the
legislature's expenditures. They build offices for themselves and 6 lane
highways to get there but they can't get our kids' classes under 35
kids per class. Not to mention the salaries of those blessed souls that work
with our kids all day long.
Why hasn't this issue and the other amendment on the ballot this year been
brought to voters' attention sooner?I pride myself on being as
well informed about issues as I can, but when I went to cast my ballot last
week, I found myself blindsided by the two issues. In the past, voters have
received a mailed flyer about candidates and issues. It never came this
year.Was it because none of the GOP candidates responded to
questions about issues in a survey that would have been used in that mailing?
Was the mailing cut as some sort of "money saving" attempt, or was it
simply scuttled for political reasons?As it was, because I knew
nothing about the amendments, I simply did not vote on either of them.It's a shame that so much of our voter information seems to have been
derailed this year by ultra-partisan bickering.
Yes the legislators have been pretty good with our fiscal needs. However, where
is the guarantee that 20 years down the road, newly elected officials will be
that prudent?Legislators will still have access to it. It would
require that 75% of the people representing Utahns agree to it. If things are
really that bad down the road then the voters can contact their rep and make it
happen.There is no reason why they should have quick, free, access
to this resource. The same problem with Social Security and other programs.
Politicians see money in those coffers and borrwowed against it. Stating that
they can quickly repay it when times are good again. Here we are 50-60 years
later still trying to repay those coffers back with (wait for it) tax
increases!If there was a guarantee that our legislatures will be
prudent forever then there is no need for the amendment. But, since we need to
babysit them, we need to tie their hands and make sure everyone is on board
before we make a move.
I see it exactly opposite:Yes on A and No on B.Go
figure...Having all that money available at the discretion of a few
elected leaders is dangerous. Better to require the Legislature to approve
access to these funds. It discourages abuse and allows the "voice of the
people" to be much more involved in allocating these funds.And
property taxes are being abused. We need to cut way back on property taxes. As
they currently exist, they undermine TRUE property ownership in ways that are
antithetical to the principles of the Constitution. As such, if anybody is going
to pay property taxes, everybody needs to do so. If you want to give special
privileges to our Military (bless their hearts), find another way. Not this.
I love how everyone thinks its such a no brainer to not charge property tax to
those who serve out of the country. So all the military dentist, doctors etc
that make good money and had there education paid for now don't have to pay
property tax on there homes or mansions. If you want to reward those for
serving our country that is great but this is not the way to do it. I would
support increasing pay for our veterans, this is just one more complexity and
loop hole to the tax code.
I was surprised to see an article in the desnews that Bountiful alongwith
several Utah cities have a good amount of debt.Perhaps the
legislature would put restrictions on debt cities andcounties could incur
and then even encourage them to have a rainyday fund similar to Utah.
Voting "NO" on both. Re Old Man: With all due respect, the
issues HAVE been brought to the voters' attention. 1. It took me about 15
secs to pull them up following a search of "Utah 2012 election", 2. the
reason they are on the ballot is because they were passed out of the Utah State
Legislature this year and were available to voters then. As voters, we cannot
afford in this day and age to assume that our role is to sit back and wait for
someone to make us aware of what's going on. We have the tools we need to
seek out and educate ourselves on issues and candidates. It is in our best
interest and the best interest of our communities to proactively use those
This article fails to note that Utah took a large amount of federal stimulus
money to help balance their budget during the crisis.