Gov. Gary Herbert plans to issue an executive order Friday, directing state agencies to make immediate 3 percent across-the-board spending cuts to help cover a shortfall in...
Proposal to skip 12th grade now a billLast Updated on 2010-02-10 09:07:43Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, appears serious about his proposal to allow students to skip 12th grade to save the state money. Tuesday he opened up a bill file titled "High School Accelerated Graduation."
Buttars said his proposal would save public education $60 million. He emphasized the plan would be optional for high school students.
"There is no pressure," he said. "It's between the student and the parents."
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GOP Compare Public Employees to CowsLast Updated on 2010-02-08 00:00:00The Senate Site -- presumably with the permission of Sen. Dan Liljenquist (R-Bountiful) -- compare teachers, law enforcement officials, firefighters and other public employees to cows that were stampeded with FUD (an acronym for a disinformation tactic) and suggest they are not capable of making an informed decision about their future pensions. Ever so patronizingly, Republican leadership feel they have to inform employees of the "facts" and call their protest "ridiculous. But not surprising."
For the next few minutes, you can read their post here:
We expect it won't be too long until they take it down to rephrase.
Coal company gave $10,000 to Utah Gov. Herbert as regulators rushed decision on strip mineLast Updated on 2010-02-03 15:53:34On the same day Gov. Gary Herbert sat down with a coal company that complained regulators were taking too long to issue a strip-mining permit, his campaign aides were cashing a $10,000 check from the company.
The donation from Alton Coal Development LLC was revealed in a Jan. 11 filing by Herbert's political-action committee.
Alton's pleas did not go unanswered. At the September meeting, state regulators agreed to fast-track a decision for Alton to operate the mine near Panguitch, despite opposition from residents.
Herbert's office said Wednesday he never ordered regulators to give their approval and didn't know about the company's donation.
A Panguitch shop owner characterized the payment as a blatant effort by the coal developer to influence a decision by the Herbert administration.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out," said Bobbi Bryant, owner of the... More »
Buttars proposes cutting 12th grade, high school busingLast Updated on 2010-02-02 14:20:50Senior year is slacker time for many students, so why not cut high school short and save a few bucks in these tough economic times, asks Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan.
Sometimes the 12th grade means "nothing but playing around," Buttars said.
He made a dramatic pitch during Monday's Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee meeting, saying killing off 12th grade would save the state $102 million.
"You're spending a whole lot of money for a whole bunch of kids who aren't getting anything out of that grade," Buttars said. "It comes down to the best use of money."
He also would like to cancel all busing for high school students to save $15 million.
One lone mom from Granite School District took on Buttars during Monday's committee meeting, saying she believes administration should be cut before anything else.
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Matheson alone deals with Utah PovertyLast Updated on 2010-02-02 00:00:00As a result of the recession, 40 million Americans now live in the State of Poverty, the largest state in the nation. This is an increase of 2.6 million people in the past year, a year in which household income gains of a whole decade were wiped out.
Poverty in Utah is real. It doesn't have to be. Poverty takes many forms - from the panhandler on the street to the family that struggles to make a mortgage payment. 10.3% of Utahns live in poverty. 11.3% of Utah's children live in poverty. One important goal for Democrats is to alleviate the effects of poverty for the 254,000 Utahns who live with it every day.
The Shriver Center for Poverty Law believes that this devastating trend will be reversed only if our nation’s political leadership — the President and Congress — take aggressive action to address the many complex structural causes of poverty by adopting the right... More »
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