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The cost of smaller class sizes

by Howard Stephenson The Legislative Auditor General released his audit results in December on the use of nearly ¾ billion dollars appropriated by the Legislature since 1993 to reduce the average class size in Utah.  Unfortunately, the Auditor General’s audit didn’t look at trends in class sizes and in fact reported no data on average […]

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Will the Granite School Board say no to RDA abuse?

by Howard Stephenson Cities are assaulting the Granite School Board with requests for education taxes to be given to developers. Holladay, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville and West Valley City are asking the school district to pony up more than $100 million over the next 20 years, so those cities can increase their sales tax base. […]

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Legislative Fiscal Analyst releases first annual Government Assistance Expenditure Report

by Howard Stephenson The state of Utah spent $2.3 billion in FY2007 on programs targeted for low-income and disadvantaged households and individuals, according to the Legislative Fiscal Analyst’s first annual Government Assistance Expenditure Report. This accounts for almost 21% of state expenditures. Last year, Rep. Mike Morley (R-Spanish Fork) sponsored HB89, which requires the Legislative […]

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Utah Property Tax Revenues Increase 10.4% in 2007

by Howard Stephenson Total property tax collections in Utah will approach $2.3 billion in 2007, according to calculations by the Utah Taxpayers Association based on data from the Utah State Tax Commission. Property taxes will increase 10.4%. 2007 Increase is higher than normal Since the enactment of Truth-in-Taxation (TNT) in the mid-1980s, property tax revenues […]

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The myths of public education or why education needs politics

by Howard Stephenson Utah newspapers have been abuzz about a proposal brought recently by Representative Carl Wimmer and originally by Senator Curt Bramble to require candidates for the State School Board to go through the same election process as other elected state officials. The Provo Daily Herald threw down the gauntlet: “Someone needs to explain […]

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Utah Should Switch to a Defined Contribution Retirement System

by Howard Stephenson It’s past time the Utah Legislature switched its defined benefit (DB) retirement plans to a defined contribution (DC) system. The positive benefits of such a change would be significant for both state employees and the taxpayers who employ them, while enhancing the professionalism of state workers. Through a defined benefit plan the […]

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