My primary focus in the Legislature will be to return Utah’s public education system to its rightful place as “Best in the Nation”. For years, the Republican super-majority in the Legislature has systematically altered our tax system and constitution to remove funding for our public education system. Below are the four primary reasons that our per-pupil funding places us last in the nation.
1. A 1996 constitutional amendment made it possible for education funds to be siphoned off to non-education projects. Cost to public education = $250 to $761 million per year.
2. Tax breaks for big business shifted tax burdens to the low and middle classes, and reduced funds originally intended for education. Cost to public education = $60 to $90 million per year.
3. Property tax cuts intended to win votes over the past 12 years have eliminated funds that would have reduced class sizes, provided pre-school programs for low income children, and made our teacher salaries more competitive. Cost to public education = $613 million per year.
4. The abolishment of the multi-rate tax bracket system (another ploy to win votes) will cost public education between $220 and $240 million per year.
Read my “Save Our Schools” section for detailed information!