Tag: education funding

What’s the deal with Amendment G?

Utah has 7 constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. The one that’s attracting the most pushback is Amendment G, which would change the way that education is funded in Utah.  The Better Utah position: We’re opposed… but it’s complicated.  Let’s break it down.  Utah’s constitution requires that income tax can only be used to

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Big Utah school funding changes clear first legislative hurdles

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Lawmakers on Thursday took the first steps toward asking Utahns to vote later this year on a major shift in the way Utah funds its public school system. Members of the House and Senate committees on revenue and taxation voted

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax reform draft

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – After the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force committed a “Friday news dump” by releasing the latest version of its tax reform proposal late in the afternoon today, Alliance for a Better Utah’s executive director, Chase Thomas, issued the following statement:  “As we’ve

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Tax reform falls short this session, but conversation continues

This article originally appeared on ABC 4. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Time ran out on a massive tax reform bill during the legislative session, but the conversation is moving forward. “Broaden the base and lower the rate.” That has been the rallying cry for tax reform in

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‘It’s a lot like The Hunger Games’: Utah education groups react to push to spend income tax money on things beyond public schools

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Brad Asay said he was “flabbergasted” and “perplexed” to learn Tuesday that the Utah Senate had voted the night before to allow spending some of the state’s income tax, earmarked exclusively for public education, on services for the poor, the disabled and

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax bill announcement

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the announcement that the Legislature will not be passing tax reform this session, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “We commend lawmakers for taking time on this issue and picking tax reform

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Principal goes to law school to sue state

Source: Draper Journal In her 12 years of teaching and 13 years as principal, Amy Martz has worked to provide the best for Utah students. She cares so much for her students that, when as a principal, she discovered students in need of a home, she applied to be a foster parent and brought them

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August 2017 Interim Session Update: Teachers’ Salaries

Education Interim Committee – 8/23/17 Education–it’s important! However, as we all know “action speak louder than words,” and while our legislators continue to speak tough on funding education, their actions continue to say otherwise. During August’s Interim Session, legislators met and discussed the topic of “Educator Salaries and Retention,” and although it seems like everyone

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Tribune Op-ed: We need to focus on funding social services in schools

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune The talk about funding education during a legislative session usually circles around Utah’s low per-pupil spending, the state’s high proportion of school-aged kids, the high proportion of taxes dedicated to education and the reluctance of lawmakers and their constituents to support tax increases. These concerns are balanced by a genuine

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