Why not compare the average weekly wage in Utah with the surrounding states? It
would be nice for the Governor to comment why Utah has the lowest funding of
education in the USA.
Interesting and a valuable article. However I am sure this will upet and rile
the many tea party folks in utah. They don't like this kind of stuff.
Dont' talk the virtues of the Utah Compact with them! They will shoot you
down every time.
Here's an explanation for one reason why Utah has the lowest funding of
education (per pupil... that is vital to understand) in the USA.There are
a lot more kids per household in Utah than other places. Consider two
scenarios: Utah and Non-Utah. Say both have 100 square miles of city and
generate say the same amount of money. Both have 75% of their areas covered
with houses and 25% business. But in Utah, that 75% all have on average 3 kids
(instead of the national rate of w/o Utah of below 2 which is happening in the
non Utah place) then you've all things else considered equal you've
got to take that total amount of property tax but in the Utah case you've
got to split it among more kids. So the funding per pupil is lower.
"The American Legislative Exchange Council"The American
Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a 501(c)(3) American organization
composed of legislators, businesses and foundations which produces model
legislation for state legislatures and says it promotes free-market and
conservative ideas.This is the 2nd article in as many days
referencing ALEC. Does DN have a deal with ALEC? Are UT
legislators members of ALEC? Corporate lobbyists and state
legislators work to write laws behind closed doors. State legislators receive
“scholarships” to attend conferences sponsored by corporations where
presumably, some of these model bills are discussed.ALEC has written
thousands of bills--which then get rubber-stamped by state legislators. Bills ALEC has written include voter ID laws, laws blocking climate change
legislation, bills promoting guns rights, bills reducing corporate taxation and
limit corporate liability etc. etc. etc. What corporations are
writing ALEC legislation? American voters ought to know. Why should legislators
be members of a secret organization? On another note:According to U.S. Census Data, UT is #8 with the lowest percentage of minority
population so it ought to be compared to similar homogenous states. UT is also
near the bottom in per capita income.
Some states obviously have an "open-arms" and "sanctuary" policy
for those who want to milk and enjoy the economy without really contributing
much. Utah has managed to buck the trend here somewhat, and avoid some of the
programs and policies that encourage people to ride the system without pulling
much weight. We still have a long way to go, but thank goodness we're
comparatively atypical in that regard.
A True Immigrant is a person that comes from one country, and assimilates into
the other country and learns to speak their language, where they can become law
and abiding contributing members of their new country. To many so called
immigrants today circumvent the law, never learn English, and require extra
expense of providing interpreters in government and private agencies.
@donquioteWhile I admire those who take the time to learn and use my
language of English, I would not suggest they go into a government office and
navigate the specialized forms in English only. It is clearly best the way
things are presently managed with alternate language forms and interpreters, so
as to not cause greater confusion.We should be striving to learn
other languages as well. Knowing a word or two helps in the non-government
environment to better understand everyone around you.