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Published: Saturday, Nov. 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Orem Parent
Orem, UT

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.

one old man
Ogden, UT

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.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

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 M LDS 2
Provo, UT

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.

CCJones
Lehi, Ut

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.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

I was surprised to see an article in the desnews that Bountiful along
with several Utah cities have a good amount of debt.

Perhaps the legislature would put restrictions on debt cities and
counties could incur and then even encourage them to have a rainy
day fund similar to Utah.

GiuseppeG
Murray, 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 tools.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

This article fails to note that Utah took a large amount of federal stimulus money to help balance their budget during the crisis.

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