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Published: Saturday, Feb. 8 2014 6:15 p.m. MST

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Many people complain of the lack of funding.

Why don't they complain of mismanagement?

ZeroGo
Nelson, 00

I just want to point out that this is the second time that the headline 'Air Quality' doesn't match the survey question 'Pollution'. Where is the specific 'air'/ 'natural gas permits/ expansion marketing' element? It says 'pollution'. That covers a lot more than just air.

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

Glad to see "Protecting States Rights" was one of the top 3 priorities, as it should be! This would suggest high and on-going support for Utah's Amendment 3.

#1 Champ
Salt Lake City, UT

Great article. I hope our future leaders take note. This list mirrors my priorities closely.

CynicJim
Taylorsville, UT

As a matter of curiosity, I wonder where moving the prison ranks. If the planners are queried, it seems that is the only issue and no one save the developers is paying attention. it is snowballling right along. Let your Leg Rep know to stop it.

Wisconsin Moderate
GREENDALE, WI

These sound very much like "Blue State" responses. Utah citizens from both parties can find much to work together on if these are truly the priorities of the citizens.

evansrichdm
west jordan , UT

Dont ask West Jordan if they want the education to improve they voted down the bond. Out of all the school district that needed the bond the most the people AKA parents said no.

Joemamma
W Jordan, UT

The problem with education is far more complicated than most Utahns can understand.
It has nothing to do with current funding or more money, it has to do with economic growth which attracts large numbers of illegal immigrants as well as other immigrant and minorities who do not value or place a high emphasis on academic achievement.
You take that and couple it with the federal government intervention in education and unions who protect the jobs of lazy unworthy teachers and BINGO you have a failing education system.
Being Hispanic myself and having grown up in LA, I saw the school system there slowly decay to kids graduating from high school who could barely read.

Impartial7
DRAPER, UT

The Legislature will review this list, and then ignore it.

Clinton
Draper, UT

Education funding is the last thing in the world Utahns should be worried about. Education already receives about 2/3 of Utah's annual budget. The problem is that public education is managed just as wastefully, and filled with just as much bureaucracy and mediocrity as any other public service. Fix that and you will have fixed education.

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT

@evansrichdm

Being from West Jordan, and having voted against the bond, I can emphatically state that it was not rejected because West Jordan doesn't value education, but because the way the bond was structured was deeply flawed. I for one don't mind spending more on education, I do have issues with just giving more money to the school district without a solid plan for how that money will be spent and knowing that the money will be spent in the most effective way.

West Jordan citizens didn't reject the bond. West Jordan citizens rejected the spending plan that came attached to the bond.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Essentially, this was an unexpected pop quiz on current events to see what people had been reading in the media, for the most part. The telling point is that protecting states rights ranked number 3 despite being seldom mentioned in the media.

It would be interesting to see the actual survey questions and methodology.

Were they given a list of topics, or just asked out of the blue by some stranger on the phone what the legislative priorities should be?

If not given a specific list, how were the actual responses translated into the priorities stated by the pollsters? Lot so of room for mischief.

Remember Dan Jones is essentially a Democrat pollster, and pollsters can skew results to get any result a client wants by the wording of a question, suggested responses, order of asking questions, and how the results are aggregated. Not to mention how the respondents are selected, and when they are contacted.

Bottom line- don't take this too seriously.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

If you want to fix air quality, buy a different kind of car or take the train.
If you want to fix your child's education, help educate them yourself. Family's have far more power than legislators.

I agree that these issues are important. But writing new laws doesn't change the qualify of life. Living well does. Our social problems should come first, not the symptoms of them.

It used to be a "Family car", or a "house phone" now everyone needs their own mobility and independence. Grades aren't effected by a lack of school computers or teacher salaries. Grades are effected mostly by the choices parents make. Pollution is a choice we make too, it's made at home.

I'm as guilty as others. I just refuse to believe that laws will change my behavior. They never have. The only person in control has always been and always will be myself.

Straitpath
PROVO, UT

I would like to know if the respondents were given a list to choose from or had to pull their choices from their own thinking. I would wager they were given a list.

TJ Gregory
Roy, UT

The photo should have been taken while driving out of Parley's Canyon on a bad smoggy day...which is almost every day. Then there would be NO picture of the Salt Lake Valley - only SMOG - which would tell the TRUE picture. It is like smoking a pack cigarette's per day! People who do not smoke don't want to smoke any at all. Elderly people, people with asthma and/or small children suffer the most! The hospital emergency rooms have been full - especially every winter. I am finding the quality of air and is diminishing every year because of the smog which is trapped in this valley.
With all of the modern technology I would think this problem could be solved, and fast! I realize there is a much more all of us could do, like car-pooling, taking mass transit or riding bikes or motorcycles. Give big tax credits for those who do these things. What good is educating our children if they cannot breathe, and are groggy from smoking a pack of cigarette's per day? Maybe big extraction fans - which clean the air too - could be strategically placed in the Utah valley.

TJ Gregory
Roy, UT

What good is pouring more money into education if the smog is so bad that it is like our children are smoking a pack of cigarette's per day? How can they concentrate if they are feeling weak or sick? The children and the elderly are affected the most and the emergency rooms are full. Are there tax credits for those who car-pool, take public transit, ride their bikes or motorcycles to work? We all need to concentrate on doing our part. Just think about how many more cars are on the roads every semester when the teenagers graduate from their driver's education class and the problem is only going to get worse. The smog problem needs to be tackled NOW. Just drive out of Parley's Canyon on almost any day and you will see the REAL picture of what the smog looks like in the valley. It is outrageous!

TJ Gregory
Roy, UT

What good is pouring more money into education if the smog is so bad that it is like our children are smoking a pack of cigarette's per day? How can they concentrate if they are feeling weak or sick? The children and the elderly are affected the most and the emergency rooms are full. Are there tax credits for those who car-pool, take public transit, ride their bikes or motorcycles to work? We all need to concentrate on doing our part. Just think about how many more cars are on the roads every semester when the teenagers graduate from their driver's education class and the problem is only going to get worse. The smog problem needs to be tackled NOW. Just drive out of Parley's Canyon on almost any day and you will see the REAL picture of what the smog looks like in the valley. It is outrageous!

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

#14 seems to conflict with the rest.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

How can the people of Utah have most of the things on the list when they also want lower taxes? In education more efficiency could help a lot. There isn't just a lot of fat, it's blubber.

buck murdoch
minneapolis, MN

To improve air quality, it will be necessary to ban wood burning. Residential burning is the largest single source of black carbon soot or smog--more than from vehicle exhaust and from all industrial sources combined. Asthma is the number one reason for school absenteeism and wood smoke is as much of a trigger for asthma attacks as tobacco smoke. When cleaner burning alternatives are readily available, this would make sense as the simplest, least expensive solution to improving air pollution immediately. While smoking is banned in many outdoor parks in many states, there are no laws to protect people from breathing wood smoke, even on our own properties. Wood burning restaurants, too, should be regulated because they too are part of the problem of caustic air that is harmful to breathe in public spaces such as city streets and sidewalks.

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