Utah Legislature helps, hurts state entities

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  • Pay attention
    March 12, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Weber State got their four year program. Representative Garn hijacked a bill and substituted it. No more need for a Board of Regents. They are clearly wasting their time. Legislators made it known that they are in charge and know whats best. Particularly those in leadership from Weber/Davis Counties.

  • Another way of saying. . .
    March 12, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    HURT: Renters by not requiring Landlords to disclose trace amounts of meth on properties.

    I would bet this bill was helped along by a certain self-serving lawmaker who also happens to be a landlord.

  • Business before Children
    March 12, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    "HURT: Small Utah businesses by implementing a new piece of government regulation to screen employees for the legal right to work…."

    This should read: HELPED: Protect literally hundreds of thousands of children from job-related identity theft by making it impossible for parents, illegal aliens and others to use children’s Social Security Numbers and other identifying information to get jobs.

    It is estimated that over 50,000 Utah kids have their identities being used by adults. When this bill was presented to the Senate, two nine year olds were present. One had her identity stolen before she was born and the second has 10 people using her identity. She has jobs in Park City and Wendover and her family keeps getting calls from doctor’s offices because people are using her Social Security Number to get medical services.

    These children suffer real harm. They have their credit ruined, are saddled with arrest records and income tax liabilities, and may even have their medical records corrupted with life threatening consequences.

    Sadly, the Deseret News shows more concern for business and people illegally using children's identities than they do for the children themselves.

  • Re: Calling you out
    March 12, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    "I find this to be a highly opinionated article not worthy of anything but the editorial section."

    I'd say that pretty well describes everything that came out of the legislature this year, too - not worthy of anything.

  • Higher Education
    March 12, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    Correction: It is not Weber State's Board of Regents. It is the Utah Board of Regents that oversees all 9 public colleges and universities, including Weber. Also, Dixie College and SLCC are winners for getting buildings funded--UVU wasn't the only one.

  • How about:
    March 12, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    HURT: Public Education: 11,000 new students and no funding. That's 5%, which is huge. Not a 1% like you claim....

  • Calling you out
    March 12, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    I find this to be a highly opinionated article not worthy of anything but the editorial section.

    Every single one of those bills mentioned could have been reviewed as the opposite of the stated helped or hurt depending on your own personal view of the issue

    You do the community a huge diservice when you report things this way. State the facts about the bills and let the readers decide which helped or hurt.

    I applaud our lawmakers for working so hard this year. They have had to deal with some extremely difficult issues. While I do not agree with everything that they did, at least they had the courage to try. That is a lot more than most of us do.