John Florez: Legislators' lip service: Losing credibility

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  • EJM Herriman, UT
    March 15, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    A great column and spot on. Posers all.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2014 6:56 p.m.

    "Legislators refuse to take federal money when it comes to helping poor Utahns obtain affordable health care because they don’t trust the federal government to keep its word, yet they fight to get federal dollars for transportation without any trepidation."

    Or Remember the lead up to the 2002 Olympics. We took federal bucks hand over fist and didn't bat an eye, but when it comes to health care for those less fortunate, well Florez said it. Why? I guess it comes down to Utah's strange and confusing ideology. We stress self-reliance for little people, but we favor welfare for capital, i.e. business.

    It's difficult to change direction because enough modest income people favor this strange ideology, primarily because of their religion maybe?

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    March 15, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    The truancy bill is unbelievable. The worst thing that happens every year to our education system is the legislative session.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    "They stifle local school boards from seeking creative ways of financing schools, including contracting with the federal government, without first seeking permission at the top of the state bureaucracy. " Why? Because Utah is fundamentally about top down control.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 15, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    Come on, Utah, we can do better than the one-party monstrosity we've created. Like a cyclops, it's depth perception is a bit lacking.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    This is an EXCELLENT article! Thank you, Mr. Florez.

    I'm a member of a homeowners association (as are many other Utahns) and was very disturbed to discover that our legislators were pushing several bills that will cause great harm for people like me.

    One is a bill that would make it very difficult, if not impossible, for HOAs to limit the number of rentals in multifamily buildings. This is an obvious bow to developers who don't want to be limited in sales of their new developments to only people who will live there.

    Another will make it more difficult for HOAs to enforce rules. Again, a favor to developers who won't have to explain to prospective buyers that they will be expected to help maintain quality of life in their communities.

    In the past, similar laws have tried to gut the ability of an HOA to maintain a good financial reserve.

    Shouldn't our legislature leave governing our HOAs up to those who live there? They don't want Feds meddling in Utah -- but they meddle in our HOMES! Why? Political favors? Generous contributions from their wealthy supporters?