Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: The powerhouses who influence the legislative process

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  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    The Utah Taxpayers' Association should change its name to the "Utah Corporations' Association." they don't represent the average tax payer in anything when it comes to the Utah Legislature.

  • Carolyn Sharette Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 6:41 p.m.

    These individuals represent many thousands of "ordinary, common people like you and me." This is the way our republic operates - and Utah is a unique state wherein if you want to make a difference as an individual, you can actually spend the time, meet the players in the legislature, and they will listen. Of course, if you want to change something, you have to find a constituency, organize them, get the message out, and do lots of "grassroots" work.

    We took the 7-10th graders from our schools to the legislature (as we do each year) and some of the people mentioned in this article came and spoke to them and taught them how the process works. Several legislators also came and spoke to them, and then the students attended committee meetings, floor debates and watched voting take place.

    If more citizens took the time to learn how the process works, they would realize it really does work, beautifully. It is easy to blame everyone and say the process is corrupt - but it is the best in the world, and will improve even more as we educate our children (and ourselves) and participate in the process.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    You forgot the outfit with the big buildngs downtown that always seems to get first crack at any DABC changes. I suspect they have a metaphorical red phone to capitol hill.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Feb. 13, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    WOW, most of the innovation is happening in charter schools??? Really?? Clearly the authors have not set foot in our traditional public schools recently.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    An absolutely frightening article.

    Especially so because there is, of course, no mention of ordinary, common people like you and me.

    I sincerely hope that when weather warms up, we will be able to resurrect the Occupy Movement. It's long past time for ordinary Americans to at least try to take our nation back.