Tag: Education

Better Utah Op-Ed

Katie Matheson: Parents should not face pandemic alone

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. I’m a parent. And like many parents, I often struggle to know what is best for my kids. That comes with the territory of parenting regardless of global events, but is especially true during a pandemic. My latest challenge — knowing whether or not to send my kid to in-person school

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax reform proposal

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force released its first draft of a new tax reform proposal. The tax proposal includes restoration of the full sales tax on food, lowers the income tax rate, and proposes eliminating the tax earmark for education,

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The myth of iGen

As a new cohort of Americans begin to reach adulthood, the country again faces the search for finding a new moniker for the next generation. So far the frontrunner seems to be Gen Z, but “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That

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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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All the things the Utah State Legislature did to your life this year

This article originally appeared on Fox 13. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — What just happened? The Utah State Legislature just happened! Hard to believe it was 45 days ago that lawmakers opened the 2019 legislative session to protests over their plans to replace Proposition 3, the voter-approved Medicaid-expansion ballot initiative.

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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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Press Release: Tax Revenue Funds Programs We All Use

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee heard H.B. 441, Tax Equalization and Reduction Act. Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement on the bill and the meeting: “Taxes create essential revenue for programs and services

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A tale of 2 Utahs: Group hopes lawmakers take steps to tackle urban, rural divide

This article originally appeared in The Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The Wasatch Front economy is booming, and Utah as a whole enjoys one of the lowest jobless rates in the nation. That is one snapshot of the state. The other view, that of rural Utah, is a starkly different profile with some counties experiencing a stagnant economy, high poverty rates

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Can the Board of Education be partisan? Utah Supreme Court justices call state’s argument ‘thin’ and ‘almost nonsensical’, but acknowledge ambiguity in the law

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A lawyer for the state of Utah argued Friday that the Utah Board of Education is above and apart from the state’s education system, and not subject to constitutional protections against religious and partisan job requirements. Arguing before the Utah

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