This is an EXCELLENT article! Thank you, Mr. Florez.I'm a
member of a homeowners association (as are many other Utahns) and was very
disturbed to discover that our legislators were pushing several bills that will
cause great harm for people like me.One is a bill that would make it
very difficult, if not impossible, for HOAs to limit the number of rentals in
multifamily buildings. This is an obvious bow to developers who don't want
to be limited in sales of their new developments to only people who will live
there. Another will make it more difficult for HOAs to enforce
rules. Again, a favor to developers who won't have to explain to
prospective buyers that they will be expected to help maintain quality of life
in their communities.In the past, similar laws have tried to gut the
ability of an HOA to maintain a good financial reserve. Shouldn't our legislature leave governing our HOAs up to those who live
there? They don't want Feds meddling in Utah -- but they meddle in our
HOMES! Why? Political favors? Generous contributions from their wealthy
Come on, Utah, we can do better than the one-party monstrosity we've
created. Like a cyclops, it's depth perception is a bit lacking.
"They stifle local school boards from seeking creative ways of financing
schools, including contracting with the federal government, without first
seeking permission at the top of the state bureaucracy. " Why? Because
Utah is fundamentally about top down control.
The truancy bill is unbelievable. The worst thing that happens every year to our
education system is the legislative session.
"Legislators refuse to take federal money when it comes to helping poor
Utahns obtain affordable health care because they don’t trust the federal
government to keep its word, yet they fight to get federal dollars for
transportation without any trepidation." Or Remember the lead
up to the 2002 Olympics. We took federal bucks hand over fist and didn't
bat an eye, but when it comes to health care for those less fortunate, well
Florez said it. Why? I guess it comes down to Utah's strange and
confusing ideology. We stress self-reliance for little people, but we favor
welfare for capital, i.e. business. It's difficult to change
direction because enough modest income people favor this strange ideology,
primarily because of their religion maybe?
A great column and spot on. Posers all.