Archive | 2007 Enterprise Articles

Audit Shows Salt Lake County Council of Governments Avoided Life-Saving Transportation Projects

by Howard Stephenson Salt Lake County Council of Governments ranked rail and road projects to give a higher priority to those which would save the fewest lives at the highest cost per life saved.  Projects which would save more lives per project dollar were given the lower rankings. If hospital managers based their decisions on […]

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Competition in the education marketplace will improve teacher compensation and professional respect

by Howard Stephenson A few weeks ago I was invited to speak to a group of 40 educators who were also students in an education administration class at Utah State University. Earlier, I had been wrestling bureaucrats at the Utah State Office of Education over their directive to Utah school districts to spend at least […]

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Why one of Utah’s most prominent millionaires supports vouchers

by Howard Stephenson Patrick Byrne may seem like an atypical education reformer.  He has no children, doesn’t invest or plan to invest in private schools, and he’s much better known for being an investor and starting his career with Warren Buffet.  Yet he is the head of First Class Education (an education reform group advocating […]

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The Effects of Truth-in-Taxation in Controlling Property Taxes

by Howard Stephenson We discussed the theory and mechanics behind Utah’s property tax Truth-in-Taxation law last week. Now we’ll talk about the impact of this law in controlling property taxes since it was enacted in the mid 1980s. Property tax revenue growth before and after Truth-in-Taxation In the six years (1980 to 1986) prior to […]

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Understanding Utah Property Taxes

by Howard Stephenson Most Utah property tax payers saw their taxable values increased dramatically this year and the natives are getting restless.  The Utah Legislature’s joint Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee held a public hearing last Wednesday to hear from local property tax administrators and the public regarding the current property tax increases.  As I […]

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UTOPIA fast becoming outdated, even as more cities look to sign on

by Howard Stephenson Socialism is alive and well in the most conservative state in the nation as the government operated municipal fiber-optic system called UTOPIA lumbers forward while mired in red ink.  Despite undelivered Utopian promises and now precarious financial condition of UTOPIA, the cities of Vineyard, Cottonwood Heights, Apple Valley, and Farmington are considering […]

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