Archive | 2002 Enterprise Articles

Time to Remove Property Tax Subsidies for Water

by Howard Stephenson For several years many organizations and elected leaders in Utah have been calling for the end of property tax subsidies for water delivery in the state. They have argued that the full costs of water should be contained in the water bill to ensure that consumers are motivated to conserve water in […]

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Legislative Elections Yield Super-Majorities, Interesting Results on Ballot Questions

by Howard Stephenson Before the November elections it looked like there might be some backlash against Utah Republican legislative candidates. Republicans hold a majority in both houses of the Utah Legislature and it was projected that they could lose seats. The news media seemed bent on it when they reminded voters in the waning days […]

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Campaign Spending Limitations, GOTV Campaigns Only Encourage Uninformed Voting

by Howard Stephenson Lt. Governor Olene Walker has launched an all-out effort to get people to the polls this week. She is joined, at least officially, by both major political parties in the campaign. They’re using the old fashioned appeal to our patriotism to convince more people to vote. It’s really too bad. Get-out-the-vote (GOTV) […]

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Voters Face Six Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot

by Howard Stephenson Last week this column focused on reasons to vote “against” Initiative 1, the measure that would impose new, punitive taxes on one Utah business. This week’s column will explain why you should vote “for” six important amendments to the Utah Constitution. Amendment Number 1 would amend the Education Article of the Utah […]

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Campaign Spending Limitations, GOTV Campaigns Only Encourage Uninformed Voting

by Howard Stephenson Lt. Governor Olene Walker has launched an all-out effort to get people to the polls this week. She is joined, at least officially, by both major political parties in the campaign. They’re using the old fashioned appeal to our patriotism to convince more people to vote. It’s really too bad. Get-out-the-vote (GOTV) […]

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Utah’s Long-term Funding Plan for Education

by Howard Stephenson A common criticism of the Utah Legislature is that it has refused to implement a “Long Term Funding Plan for Education.” This complaint is often made during the election season to give the impression that public education is not a high priority with legislators. The criticism often is repeated when the legislature […]

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