Utah Taxpayers Association Response to the Our Schools Now Initiative

The Utah Taxpayers Association is concerned with the proposal put forward today by the Our Schools Now initiative.

Utah taxpayers already provide more than $4 billion annually to our public education system, and an increase of this magnitude without a sound, detailed proposal to help Utah’s students achieve the best outcomes will not be the most effective utilization of taxpayer dollars.

The tax increase proposal fails to give any specifics to improve student performance. Before any additional taxpayer money is put into education, via a ballot initiative to increase tax rates, a statewide plan should be put in place that will fix the inequities among Utah’s rich districts and poor districts and also bring innovation to our classrooms.

To ask taxpayers for additional money without this type of comprehensive plan in place, and say, ‘trust us’ with such a significant amount of increased money is dangerous. More controls need to be in place to ensure that desired student outcomes are achieved and that all Utah students receive a quality education.



3 Responses to “Utah Taxpayers Association Response to the Our Schools Now Initiative”

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  2. Tim says:

    Why is so much money that should be going k2/12 going to State run Universities??? Why do we need a tax increase stop funding Universities and spend the money on the kids…..

  3. Micah says:

    We had a solution to under funded schools in Utah more than ten years ago and the people voted it down. The law was written so each household would have a total of four deductions, two parents and two children. The voters shot it down then because they didn’t want to pay for it. Why does the responsibility fall with all of society when the parents of the children don’t want to foot the bill for their own children’s education? For my entire life I’ve paid taxes for schools and never had a child to attend on. When will our elected “leadership” finally pass common sense legislation that holds those accountable for the payment of education when they are ones using it? This is the only way Utah citizens should be taxed.

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