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Proposal to skip 12th grade now a bill Last Updated on 2010-02-10 09:07:43 Sen. 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." — Amy K. Stewart More »
GOP Compare Public Employees to Cows Last Updated on 2010-02-08 00:00:00 The 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: http://senatesite.com/blog/2010/02/retirement-reform.html We expect it won't be too long until they take it down to rephrase.     More »
Buttars proposes cutting 12th grade, high school busing Last Updated on 2010-02-02 14:20:50 Senior 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. "The first place to consider cuts... More »
Democratic Party statement on Republican Leader Killpack Last Updated on 2010-01-15 15:15:12 Salt Lake City, UT – Democratic State Party Chair Wayne Holland issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Senate Republican Leader Sheldon Killpack for suspicion of driving under the influence:    “Senate Republican Leader Sheldon Killpack’s circumstances are tragic – for him and his family, his constituents and colleagues, and for the public who he may have endangered.   We ask all Utahns to honor the principle that he is to be presumed innocent of the charge of driving under the influence until proven guilty. However, his decision to refuse to comply with the investigating police officer’s request for breath test shows that he did not deal with this in a responsible, forthright manner.   As a public figure, he knows that he will be held to a high standard. We expect that there will be consequences for... More »
State Senate Republican leader arrested in DUI Last Updated on 2010-01-15 12:24:06 FROM DESERET NEWS MILLCREEK — Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack, R-Syracuse, was arrested early Friday for investigation of DUI. In a statement released by the Senate, Killpack said, "I am deeply sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me — my colleagues in the senate, my constituents and, most importantly, my family. I am a firm believer in responsibility and personal accountability, and am prepared to accept all personal, legal and political consequences for my actions." According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Killpack was pulled over near 700 East and 3300 South about 12:15 a.m. after a member of the UHP's DUI sqaud noticed a vehicle "with a poor driving pattern." A trooper stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of the Supersonic Car Wash and the trooper noticed a strong odor of alcohol as soon as he... More »