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.
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.
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.