Archive | 2006 Enterprise Articles

September Special Legislative Session Is a Bad Idea

by Howard Stephenson Special legislative sessions are the most dangerous time of the legislative process as rules are suspended and mistakes are often made in the rush of getting things through in a single day or sometimes two.  Taxpayers and ordinary citizens are almost always losers in special sessions. Special sessions are pressure cookers where […]

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Mainstream Media Continues to Promote Liberalism, Oppose Conservatism

by Howard Stephenson True to form, the press continues to defend liberals and attack conservatives both here in Utah and nationally. State Senator Chris Buttars last week filed legislation to require Utah judges standing for a ballot retention vote to first pass a senate confirmation process by which they were originally placed on the bench.  […]

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Revenues Understated, More Stadium Evidence, New Fees Punish Taxpayers for Mistakes of City Fathers

by Howard Stephenson Sales tax revenues understated by $104 million If you ask a legislator or almost anyone involved in Utah public policy how much the state collects in sales taxes, they’ll look at page one of the TC-23 and tell you that the state collected about $1.8 billion in FY2006, a 10.2% increase over […]

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Republican Utah legislators have given up to the Democrats their mandate from the voters

by Howard Stephenson What would you do if you worked hard to elect members of your political party to the legislature – willingly giving your time and money to advance the ideas you hold dear – and you actually won over the years a nearly 75% majority of each house, but then the legislators of […]

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Time to follow the law in State School Board election — July 31, 2006

by Howard Stephenson Surveys have repeatedly shown that most people don’t know the names of their elected representatives, even though a majority voted for them.  The higher the candidates are on the ballot, the greater the likelihood that people can name them once they’re elected.  Presidents, governors, U.S. senators, and congressmen are named accurately more […]

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Is $900 million property tax hike best spent on light rail or roads?

by Howard Stephenson Last week I reported on the good decision of the Salt Lake County Council to reject giving tax subsidies for a professional soccer stadium in Sandy. Unfortunately, sometimes the county council makes bad decisions, as I believe they did in their decision last week to ask voters to approve on the November […]

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