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