These jokers do not represent the will of the people. They represent there own
interests. These sessions are merely feel good formalities.
The initiative is a very bad idea. Legislation by initiative is dangerous
anyway. But any initiative that ties directly into taxes and funding should be
avoided at all costs. The legislature has a very hard time changing a law
passed by initiative. This results in problems like California's Prop 13
Property tax fiasco.I strongly dislike legislation by initiative, it
skips all the checks and balances of the legislative process and our three
branched Representative Republic form of government. We are not a democracy and
that is for a reason. The legislative process allows for debate and
discussion and compromise, as well as fiscal analysis that identifies conflicts,
shortcomings and problems before a law gets passed. An Initiative has none of
that. A special interest group writes the initiative, and then it's how
well they can advertise to convince the low information voters that their
initiative is pure gold. But no real ability to change or alter it and no
independent review of the fiscal and legal impacts of the initiative.
NO NEW TAXES. We have a state government supposedly controlled by
conservatives. But every year it's a rush to see how many more taxes they
can increase on us. I thought the change to how gas was taxed was
supposed to fix the shortfalls there. Nope, they want to increase it now.
(because gas prices dropped so the percentage isn't as much, where as
before they got a set cut based on how much gas was sold, regardless of the
price. We spend more per tax payer on education in this state and
get far better results than many states that spend far more per pupil but far
less per tax payer. The economy is booming that means tax revenues are
increasing, we don't need a massive tax grab for education. And we need to
streamline the administrative levels of education. SL County does not need a
half dozen school districts, one per county just like in Davis county. Each
School district has it's own six figure salary administrators taking money
from the students. And duplication of services as well. One School district
per county, no more.Every year Utah raises my taxes more and more.
At least Trump has cut my federal taxes. My income isn't raising as fast as
Utah taxes do
Taxpayers need protection from the scheme being hatched to double fund the
demands of the education establishment by massive increases passed by the
Legislature, AND the massive increases being sold to gullible voters by the
"Raise my taxes" ballot initiative.The Legislature should
make it part of their bill that any funding increases from it will become null
and void if the initiative passes. There seems to be nothing in
this article to indicate any appetite for review of existing state programs and
expenditures to eliminate and repeal unnecessary or ineffective "good
ideas" passed in prior sessions. (Other then repeal of the unfilled Porn
Czar job.)Politicians can never resist the opportunity to spend
other people's money to give stuff away and make themselves look good.
I am less concerned about what they are talking about doing, than I am about
what deals have already been made and bills to be passed pre-determined.
'' $700 million annually'' - Please, don't spend it on
open ended health insurance, instead open more medical school seats. Utah has 1
medical school (with another set to open). The Utah medical schoo(l)s graduate
one third the number of physicians that the Utah law schools graduate. A
medical school studnt costs about $100,000 a year, so the $700 million would
support 7,000 medical student years. The U.S. has fewer medical schools now
than it did a century ago. The U.S. has more than 3 times the number of lawyers
as physicians. The U.S., and Utah, have one fourth of the physicians trained
overseas, and half of those from India and Pakistan (because the speak English
from the centuries England controlled their countries). But what does that do to
the people in India, with their physicians in the U.S.? When did you see a
health insurance policy deliver a baby, set a broken arm, give a flu shot? If
the poor lack health care, give them physicians, not paper roses.
The tax base is growing. Utah tax revenues are up as wel from growth in
businesses. We don’t need even more taxes to ratchet this up another
notch. We need better management of the increase in funds that’s already
come in. There’s likely waste that needs to be exposed to
allow for both sides to meet their goals. As a resident, I really
only see money being spent on construction and new schools. Honestly I need to
do my part as a tax payer and look at the budget in detail. We either way
overpay for construction projects or there must be another glaring issue
that’s taking all the new money.
This is the year that we finally do what is right for our kids. Sad to see that
the legislature hasn't done it so we the people have to. I'll be voting yes on the initiative when it come up. Unless of course
the legislature would like to do what we the people have been asking them to do
for decades and properly fund education! This is probably your last chance to
make it be your deal and get some credit for changing things in Utah. We know
you like to get credit when you can so take it!
7 years later, now that there is a Republican President, they no longer have as
much opposition to "big government" and Medicaid expansion. This is
nothing bout politicis and party-over-country cronyism. Utah's legislators
have done a disservice to the people for years.
@CactusPete;"The lawmakers in Utah are vastly smarter than you give
them credit for. Their eyes are not blinded by hate for religion and therefor
they benefit from being able to see the big picture"Hence, our
great healthcare and stellar school system that's been at the bottom for
Impartial7 - DRAPER, UTThe lawmakers in Utah are vastly smarter than
you give them credit for. Their eyes are not blinded by hate for religion and
therefor they benefit from being able to see the big picture.
Good grief. These guys can't tie their own shoes. Take the Fed funds to
expand Medicaid, like they should have 5 years ago, and cap the child tax credit
at 2 to fund education. Problem solved. (if you take religion out of the