When considering the millions wasted on the Legacy Highway environmental mess,
the I-15 Utah County Buy-out of the 2nd bidder, the questions surrounding UTA
and their executive compemnsation and retirement packages, years ago the
syncrete debacle, being closed on Fridays for years, $25 million lost in the
State Office of Education, etc, one must wonder what goes on in the lowest 46
@toosmartforyou There was not a 25 million loss in the Office of Education.
There was a computational error, very one large at that, but no there was no
actual financial loss incurred at the OE.
Hmm... I thought Utah would have ranked higher. 4th's not bad though.
Considering how little Utah supports education and how poor the outcomes (a
recent DN article put Utah 32nd for graduation rate), I think we can see how
little value Wall Street places on education and children. Kind of like a
"best-run" household that didn't feed the kids or support them in
their schooling. I guess it all depends on what you think is important.Ever notice that the red states have the poorest families, the worst
schools and spend more federal money than the blue ones? I guess keeping people
poor doesn't pay, it costs.
@toosmartforyouYou said - "...one must wonder what goes on in
the lowest 46 ranking states."I can't account for every
state, but I know for a fact there are money states, such as California, which
are perpetually bleeding red ink and no matter how much they raise taxes or cut
the state budget, the numbers never add up.Another example is
Maryland where state lawmakers raised state income and property taxes, mostly on
the highest incomes, projecting it would add over 100-million dollars in new
revenue. But as it turned out, the state actually lost over 250-million dollars.
Why? The rich simply moved away.New York did the same thing. As a
result, many wealthy New Yorkers (including I might add that radical Republican
actor Alec Baldwin) simply moved their main residence to a nearby state where
they don't have to pay as much in taxes. Say what you want
about Utah's fiscal management, but trust me, a lot of states do have it
@Midwest Mom, have you lived in Utah? Well, I have lived in Wisconsin and it
truly is a beautiful state with many positives for living there, but as a Utah
educator for over 30 years, I really resent your condisending attitude. When I
lived in Wisconsin, I met people who were nice. I feel a little resentment in
@Midwest MomI think you are jealous that Utah is better than Wisconsin.
mcdugallIf you are correct please explain the fact that the
newspapers reported that the State Legislature needed to find $25 million to
plug the hole and why the employee(s) involved suddenly decided to retire.
Maybe it was just a coincidence. But how many "computational errors"
should one expect to see from a state that is supposedly so well run? One I didn't mention, by the way, was the security breach at the State
Health Department that is costing millions of dollars for Utah to try and
protect the identities of thousands of Utah citizens. Was this another
ClarkHippoI know some folks that had the option to live in either
Maryland or Deleware and they chose Deleware. Why? Tax structure. So I agree
Could it be that being a perfect state for business is not a perfect state for
people. Is America for people and their quest for life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness or is America simply a farm where people are regarded like cattle. Is Utah known for it’s support of freedom and human rights or is
it known as a taker of freedom from people to be given to business.
Spending only what you earn without killing the goose that lays the golden egg
seems to be a foreign concept in some states. Congratulations to Utah. States
like New York spend more per capita on education and waste much, much more. To
get a decent education in NYC you opt out of the public system, something not
widely publicized in Wisconsin. Wisconsin public sector employees almost
bankrupted their state.
@PackThe fact that you misspelled the word 'condescending' and
didn't proof your text, confirms to me that you must indeed be a 'Utah
educator for over 30 years'
@makesurenexttme, sorry I made a mistake. I am proud of a profession which
tries to make a difference with our children and youth. Is the system perfect?
No, but who is? Not me.
Best run? Did they look at education? Class size?Did they look at how most
law is enacted by a very oppressive GOP, with little regard for the rest
of us?How, exactly, ,did they come to this very surprising