Budget surpluses spur tension in some GOP states

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  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 13, 2013 11:10 p.m.

    Is having good schools with adequate staff and reasonable class size a "conservative value"? Maybe the schools are fine in Kaysville, for instance, but I don't see schools mentioned at all by JWB, even though I always hear that Utah's schools are underfunded.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 13, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    These are decisions they should be enthralled to have to make with the past 7 years of trying to make ends meet. Senate and House leaders and Governors are fortunate in those states to show their capability to do what is best for the money. Capital improvements are always needed. I may not agree with Governor Herbert but taking advantage of the federal monies on roads with some from the state was a good investment for those in Utah county who spend a lot of time to and from Salt Lake City or even those from SLC to Provo and back. The capital outlay for the FrontRunner and ICORE was a good use of funds, even with the $13M to the contractor who didn't get the bid. I still don't think the $85K to the governor's election was good.

    Utah is conservative enough that our surplus may not be high but we do appear to have businesses succeeding. That is great for the economy and not to have welfare rolls on the high end. It is not easy but conservative values can be good if applied in a professional manner and ethical principles.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 13, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Each state is unique in its needs, but for the most part, the money should be returned to the taxpayers in the form of tax cuts. That's probably the best way they could benefit the economy and create new jobs in their states.