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Salt Lake — A City Divided

by Howard Stephenson November election exit poll results for Salt Lake City revealed that the city is strongly divided along religious lines. According to a Dan Jones analysis, four out of five Mormons supported challenger Frank Pignanelli, while almost the same share of non-Mormons supported Mayor Rocky Anderson’s re-election. Exit polling by Brigham Young University’s […]

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Olene Walker Will Not be a Caretaker Governor

by Howard Stephenson These are truly historic times as Utah’s Governor resigns to accept the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency in President George W. Bush’s administration and the State of Utah installs its first female governor, Olene Walker. Utahns are deservedly proud of Governor Leavitt for beieng selected to make a difference at the […]

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Disagreements Abound Regarding Value of Charter Schools

by Howard Stephenson Utah has only 19 charter schools, which are small independent public schools each with a unique educational focus. By contrast, Arizona has over 400 charter schools. State and local boards of education in Utah are more and more opposed to the charter school concept and are showing hostility toward these competitive new […]

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Cities Compete with Private Sector by Investing Millions in Telecommunications Infrastructure

by Howard Stephenson King Arthur lived in an imaginery ancient place called Camelot. Life was perfect there. Today many Utah citizens live in Utopia and don’t even know it. Eighteen Utah cities are pursuing a plan to invest millions of dollars in a fiber optic network that will include “last mile” connections to businesses and […]

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Taxes Account for Up to 16.6% of Phone Bill

by Howard Stephenson Phone users pay a bewildering number of taxes for phone services that amount to 12.5% of a typical phone bill and 16.6% for phone plans that contain only basic services. Using the September 2003 phone bill of a Draper taxpayer, the Utah Taxpayers Association analyzed the various charges and taxes: Federal Excise […]

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Public Education Faces New Scrutiny, Seeks New Taxes

by Howard Stephenson America’s legislators back to school week just ended and Utah legislators visited more schools than any other state in the nation. From the time Representative Marda Dilree and I chaired the first back to school week in 2000, Utah legislators have led the nation in the percent of legislators visiting schools. These […]

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