State facilities can be used to present information both for and against the tax initiatives, but government employees must listen on their own time, according to a memo from Gov. Norm Bangerter's chief of staff, released Tuesday.
The Sept. 2 memo from Reed Searle follows criticism from supporters of the tax initiatives, who have claimed government officials have been taking unfair advantage of their position in disseminating information."It sounds like they've gotten our message that you can go too far in using government time, facilities and salaries in taking just one side of a major political issue," said Merrill Cook, independent candidate for governor.
Cook, who entered the governor's race at the urging of leaders of the tax initiative movement, said that the memo should have been sent about six months earlier because campaigning against the effort to reduce taxes has already been done.
But Searle said that the memo was written within the past two weeks after the issue first surfaced when an unnamed state department scheduled an